NEW YORK – The New York Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.
Asked Friday whether he believed Sabathia’s season was over, manager Joe Girardi said: I think that’s about fair to say.
In his second rehabilitation start, Wednesday for Double-A Trenton, Sabathia was hit hard: five hits, five runs and one walk while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings. The next morning, the 33-year-old woke up with swelling in the joint.
Sabathia will be examined July 14 by Dr. James Andrews before the next step is determined, Girardi said, but microfracture surgery is possible.
Around the leagues
Umpire Gary Darling, on the disabled list all season, has decided to retire after a 28-year major league career that included two World Series. Quinn Wolcott, 28, had been appointed to the full-time umpiring staff. Texas recalled former closer Neftali Feliz from Triple-A Round Rock.