In a season full of injuries, and players in and out of the lineup all year long, the trend is continuing in the season’s final week. CC Sabathia has been added to the litany of injuries the Yankees have sustained this season. Sabathia suffered a grade two strain of his hamstring in his start Friday night against the San Francisco Giants.
Sabathia was slated to pitch Wednesday night against Tampa Bay, but that start will probably go to Phil Hughes. Sabathia informed the team of the injury Saturday morning and got an MRI. He will need six to eight weeks of recovery, so even if the Yankees make the playoffs, he won’t be a part of the active roster.
Sabathia finishes 2013 with a 14-13 record with a 4.73 ERA. He had a 1.37 WHIP, and gave up 289 baserunners in 211 innings pitched. His fastball, according to fangraphs, dropped to 91 MPH this year from 94 MPH last year, even though he had a 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
If you’re wondering about Sabathia’s contract, he has three years and $71 million left on the deal. If he remains healthy in 2016, he will make an additional $25 million in 2017, one in which he will be 37 years old.
Sabathia had elbow surgery this past off-season to clean out bone chips and also dropped a good amount of weight this off-season. You can add Sabathia to a list of question marks the Yankees will have in 2014, but we’ll get to that in the off-season.