Yankees’ CC Sabathia placed on IL with knee inflammation

Published 5:31 pm PDT, Thursday, May 23, 2019

CC Sabathia’s ailing right knee landed him on the 10-day injured list Thursday, although the Yankees don’t expect the lefty to be sidelined for long.

Sabathia has right knee inflammation, a problem with which he has been dealing for a long time.

“This is something we know we’re going to face at different times throughout the year with CC,” manager Aaron Boone said, “so hopefully, it’s just something that we can knock out quickly and hopefully just miss a turn.”

Sabathia pitched five innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night and mentioned his knee soreness after allowing five runs and six hits, although he struck out seven and took the win to up his record to 3-1.

“It’s just hard to land,” he said. “It’s like a shooting pain goes through every time that I land. So it makes it hard to finish my pitches.”

The 38-year-old Vallejo native said he started feeling knee pain “a few starts ago” but was hopeful a cortisone shot and a few days rest would keep him off the IL.

“I’ll probably take some time just to get the medicine in there and let it kind of work its magic,” he said. “I’m not concerned. I’ve dealt with this before and the medicine has worked. The braces work. So I feel pretty good.”

Sabathia has started eight games. He has a 3.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 41 ⅓ innings.

He joins a list of prominent Yankees on the IL, including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances and Troy Tulowitzki.

Mets’ injury woes mount: The Mets say Yoenis Cespedes is expected to miss the entire season after having ankle surgery Thursday.

The team announced Monday that the oft-injured former A’s outfielder had broken his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.

Cespedes hadn’t played this season while recovering from surgery on both heels. The two-time All-Star played just 38 games last year.

More to the immediate point for the Mets was that they added infielders Robinson Canó and Jeff McNeil to the 10-day IL, putting half of New York’s Opening Day lineup on the shelf.

Canó strained his left quad running out a grounder in the third inning of a 6-1 win Wednesday night. McNeil has a tight left hamstring, which he thinks occurred while trying to steal second base in the ninth inning of a 6-5 win Tuesday.

Kluber update: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber had the hard cast protecting his broken right arm removed and the two-time Cy Young Award winner is healing as hoped. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Kluber can begin range of motion and that he will be re-examined in two weeks.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Yankees-CC-Sabathia-placed-on-IL-with-knee-13885730.php.

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