New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia won’t be on the team’s roster for their upcoming ALDS matchup against the Minnesota Twins.
The starting rotation has been set for the New York Yankees‘ upcoming playoff series against the Minnesota Twins. James Paxton will start Game 1, with Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino taking the mound for Games 2 and 3, respectively. That means no CC Sabathia in the rotation, and the veteran left-hander (who’s in his last season) won’t be coming out of the bullpen either.
Sabathia, according to Meredith Marakovits of YES, won’t be on the team’s roster for their American League Division Series matchup. Apparently, the cortisone shot he received didn’t positively affect the veteran’s shoulder as much as the organization was pulling for.
CC Sabathia will not be on the ALDS roster. Aaron Boone said Sabathia’s shoulder did not bounce back as well as they had hoped. Had cortisone shot.. he’ll continue to work to potentially be an option moving fwd #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) October 3, 2019
Sabathia threw in a simulated game on Tuesday and didn’t look healthy enough to move forward.
“Frankly, [he] threw the ball pretty well, but just not quite where it needs to be — to be in the kind of role we’re going to ask him to be in where he’s potentially getting up on the spot and then maybe having to get up later in the game,” Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said, per ESPN.
It’s unclear where Sabathia will stand for the American League Championship Series if the Yankees were to defeat the Twins.
Sabathia posted a record of 5-8 this year with an ERA of 4.95 and a WHIP of 1.407. He struck out 107 batters and walked 39 through 23 appearances (107.1 innings pitched). Sabathia started 22 games for the Bombers.
The Yankees and Twins will begin Game 1 of their playoff series on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.