CC Sabathia was aiming to return around the All-Star break, but after waking up with inflammation in his right knee on Thursday, that’s unlikely to happen.
Sabathia was roughed up in his rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday night, lasting 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits. He had another MRI on Thursday and has been shut down indefinitely, according to manager Joe Girardi…
“It’s not what you want,” Girardi said of Sabathia. “We were hopeful the swelling would stay away and he’d be in our rotation fairly soon, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.”
New York transferred Sabathia to the 60-day disabled list on July 1, which ensured he couldn’t return until July 11.
With a dearth of quality pitching, the Yankees could be in the market before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. But Girardi wasn’t about to tip his hand one way or the other.
“Our approach never changes,” he said.
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