The New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS), giving the Astros a 2-1 lead over the Yankees. The Yankees did lose CC Sabathia, which is a blow to the clubhouse as well as the pitching staff. The Yankees pitching staff is not nearly as strong as the Astros staff is, but Sabathia left game three with a shoulder injury that would prevent him from being able to pitch. He was then removed from the Yankees postseason roster and replace by Ben Heller.
In possibly his final MLB appearance, CC Sabathia made an emotional exit after an apparent arm injury and received a standing ovation from Yankees fans ? pic.twitter.com/Vr1CWXxefs
— ESPN (@espn) October 18, 2019
Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees replaced LHP CC Sabathia on the ALCS roster with RHP Ben Heller. LHP CC Sabathia suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder joint.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 18, 2019
After the announcement of Sabathia’s departure from the roster, it was easy to see the support from former teammates, managers, and players throughout the league who congratulated Sabathia on the fantastic career he had. Sabathia was left off of the Yankees ALDS roster, which made headlines based on Sabathia’s ability to be a positive personality and leader within the Yankees clubhouse. Sabathia also managed to capture his 250th career win this season, in very well his final season in Major League Baseball.
He was able to put together an incredible career spanning nineteen years in the major leagues. Sabathia would finish his career with a career 251-161 record with a 3.74 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.78 FIP, and 3093 strikeouts. Sabathia would add plenty of accolades to his career resume as well, being a six-time all-star, one time Cy Young Award winner, and a member of the 2009 World Series-winning Yankees team. The Yankees will look to turn things around in the wake of the loss of Sabathia from the postseason roster as well as trailing in the series.