Sabathia (3-4) took the loss Friday as the Yankees were downed 10-2 by the White Sox. He coughed up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings. The veteran southpaw got tagged for four runs in the first inning, including a three-run blast by Eloy Jimenez, and things went downhill from there for the Yankees. Sabathia has been taken deep at least once in nine straight starts, and as a result he'll carry a 4.42 ERA and 50:21 K:BB through 57 innings into his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Rays.
Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk across five innings while taking a loss against the Indians on Saturday. The veteran left-hander looked strong through three innings, but he gave up a pair of runs in both of the next two frames. The last two runs he allowed came on a homer, which contributed to Sabathia's exit after five innings despite him throwing just 69 pitches. He is 3-3 with a 3.96 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 52.1 innings this season. Sabathia will pitch again against the White Sox on the road Friday.
Sabathia (3-2) was charged with the loss Sunday against the Red Sox after surrendering three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight through six innings of work. The 38-year-old logged a quality start with a season-high eight strikeouts, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the job done. His biggest blemishes of the night came in the form of home runs to J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts in the third inning. Otherwise, the left-hander produced a solid outing and did not issue any free passes. Sabathia now holds a 3.61 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 42:17 K:BB though nine starts. He'll look to bounce back against the Indians for a Saturday showdown.
The Yankees activated Sabathia (knee) from the 10-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Red Sox. New York cleared a spot on the active roster for Sabathia by optioning reliever Nestor Cortes to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Saturday's 5-3 win. Since Sabathia missed the minimum amount of time with right knee inflammation, it's not expected that he'll face any restrictions with his pitch count in his return to action.
Manager Aaron Boone said Sabathia (knee) remains on track to start Sunday against the Red Sox, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Sabathia completed a bullpen with no issues Thursday, clearing the way for the southpaw to return from the 10-day injured list and rejoin the starting rotation when first eligible Sunday. Prior to landing on the shelf with knee inflammation, Sabathia compiled a 3.48 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 34:17 K:BB in 41.1 innings (eight starts).