ANAHEIM — The Yankees did not get the news they were hoping for on CC Sabathia.
Despite telling the team he felt better than expected, Sabathia has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, and will be heading to the disabled list. “I’m sure that’s what we’ll do,” Joe Girardi said after the Yankees lost 7-5 to the Angels on Wednesday night.
No official announcement on a DL stint has been made as of yet, but Grade 2 sprains have typically required around 4-6 weeks of recovery. Sabathia seems more optimistic, however. He said he was “a little surprised” by the diagnosis. “Going off how I feel, it makes me think that it won’t be that long,” Sabathia said.
Sabathia underwent an MRI on Wednesday. The 36-year-old lefty was shut down for the end of the 2013 season after suffering the same injury in late September that year.
“He’ll be ready when he’s ready,” Girardi said. “I think that’s the bottom line. He’ll be back when he’s back. That’s all I can tell you. Let’s see how he reacts to treatment.”
Sabathia hurt himself on the second-to-last pitch of the fourth inning in Tuesday night’s loss to the Angels, and left the game following the end of the frame.
Girardi had said on Tuesday that he anticipated Sabathia would need to go on the DL.
Sabathia has pitched to a 0.99 ERA in his previous six starts. His next turn would’ve been on Sunday in Oakland.
“We’re going to make sure he’s healthy before he takes the mound,” Girardi said.
Girardi said if the Yankees did DL Sabathia, Chad Green would be a candidate to take his place in the rotation. Green started last Sunday against Baltimore. In the immediately future, the Yankees could move Green to Saturday and move Masahiro Tanaka back a day again to Sunday, Girardi said.
Top pitching prospect Chance Adams is 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Scranton. While he is conceivably the most intriguing candidate to replace Sabathia, it seems unlikely given the 22-year-old righty hasn’t had that much experience yet at the top level of the minors.
The Yankees promoted Ronald Herrera from Double-A Trenton on Wednesday and sent Ben Heller down to Triple-A Scranton to add a fresh arm capable of potentially giving them distance if needed. Herrera ultimately surrendered Andrelton Simmons’ go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning.