Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Yanks don't expect Sabathia to return in 2014

The New York Yankees no longer expect 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."

The six-time all-star lefthander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee since mid-May, when his ERA reached a career-high 5.28. The Yankees were targeting a post-all-star-break return for Sabathia, who had begun a rehabilitation assignment.

In his second start, Wednesday for double-A Trenton, Sabathia was hit hard: five hits, five runs, and one walk while striking out two in 32/3 innings. The next morning, the 33-year-old woke up with swelling in the joint.

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An MRI test Thursday didn't reveal any new damage. Sabathia will be examined July 14 by James Andrews before the next step is determined, Girardi said, but microfracture surgery is possible.

A's get starting pair

The Oakland A's, in first place in the AL West, bolstered their pennant chances by acquiring starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs, various outlets reported late Friday night.

Reportedly going to Chicago are top prospect Addison Russell, two other minor-leaguers, and a player to be named.

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Hall of Famer Pat Gillick was added to the Atlantic League's Pace of Play Committee.

The panel's job is to review ways to reduce the average time of a game as well as to enliven the pace and enhance the experience for the fan.

Known for spotting talent and building ball clubs, Gillick, who serves as a senior adviser to the Philllies, brings five decades of professional baseball experience to the committee. - Staff and wire reports

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