Sabathia suffered a Grade II left hamstring strain during his start in Anaheim on Tuesday. He’ll miss at least a couple of weeks, but likely won’t be back until after the All-Star break. Losing Sabathia is a tough blow to the Yankees rotation, as the 36-year-old had allowed just four runs in his last five starts, winning all of them.
Domingo German was called up to take Sabathia’s roster spot, but it’s unclear who will take his spot in the rotation. Luis Cessa may be the favorite, although fans are clamoring for prospect Chance Adams.
As for Bird, he fouled a pitch off his shin in a rehab game on Sunday night and said that his leg “isn’t feeling right.” This prompted the Yankees to end Bird’s rehab assignment and send him to team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
Bird had gone just 9-for-38 (.237) with 12 walks and four strikeouts in 12 rehab games, but was thought to be close to returning to the Yankees. Now, all bets are off, and Chris Carter may very well be the first baseman for the foreseeable future.
Bird looked incredible during spring training, hitting .451 with 8 home runs and 7 doubles. However, he fouled a pitch off his ankle right before Opening Day and wasn’t the same afterwards. 19 games into his season, hitting an even .100, Bird was shut down and placed on the disabled list. His much talked about surgically repaired shoulder, ironically, has been just fine.
Stay tuned to Bronx Pinstripes for updates on Sabathia and Bird as soon as we have them.