With the Yankees losing 6-3 to Houston in the Dow list of the top of the eighth inning in Game 4 of the ALCS, Aaron Boone looked at CC Sabathia out of the bullpen.
The left-hander got his only second game of the series, but after enduring a painful shoulder injury, Sabathia went off the mound at Yankee Stadium for what could be the last time of his playing career.
Sabathia let Yordan Alvarez capitalize on an error but then trusted Carlos Correa to fly out to right. After scoring off Robinson Chirinos with a pitch, Sabathia ensures another flyout to Aledmys Diaz.
Looking to go off the inning, Sabathia hit a pitch to George Springer and almost instantly showed indications of injury.
Boone revealed after the game that the team would be waiting for test results, but it’s “looking bad” with Sabathia’s shoulder. The team later officially released a statement confirming a left shoulder injury for Sabathia.
“He gives his 101% on the field. I don’t know how serious or severe the thing going on with him is, but you can not look at the man and tell with a straight face that man never gave his all,” said Aaron Judge in the post-match talk.
“Every time he stepped out, you had to snatch the ball and tear his jersey off to knock him off. He got all in his armory out of that arm, and that’s a fighter right there.
That’s why he’s been a huge influence on this team for so many years and that’s why he is respected by everyone around the game and in this stadium.
“It was a difficult sight no doubt, but that’s our LEADER, and he gave his all out there.”