Monday, September 23, 2013

Sabathia's Season Comes To A Strainful End

It came as no surprise earlier Monday when the Yankees announced that CC Sabathia's season came to an end due to an injury. Derek Jeter, Austin Romine, Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Kevin Youkilis...the list goes on and on with season ending injuries and now Sabathia is part of it.

The Yankees ace, who had a very un-ace like season, suffered a Grade-2 strain of his hamstring in this past Friday's win against the San Francisco Giants. It will take a minimum of eight weeks to recover so the big man's season is done.

Diminished velocity and a lack of command contributed to Sabathia turning from a top 10 Major League pitcher into a run of the mill starter. He ended up with a 14-13 record and the lowest winning percentage (.519) of his career, and put up a career worst ERA (4.78), WHIP (1.370) and WAR (0.2) figures.

With three more guaranteed years on his contract worth $71MM the Yankees are hopeful that Sabathia can make the necessary adjustments during the off-season to recapture some of his past glory.

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