The New York Yankees placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 due to right knee inflammation and recalled LHP Jordan Montgomery from the minors to take his spot in the rotation.
New York also activated first baseman Tyler Austin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after the third inning when he said he injured his knee and couldn't continue to pitch. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Sabathia did not suffer any new damage to his right knee, on which he had surgery last October.
Montgomery, a 24-year-old rookie who was optioned to the minors to make room for Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, will start Sunday night against the Red Sox in place of Sabathia, who is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts this year.
Montgomery is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts this season. He has not pitched since Aug. 5. When he faced the Red Sox on July 14, he allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in four innings.
Austin, 25, had been out since June 27 due to a trained right hamstring. He was 2-for-13 in four MLB games this year and was hitting .300 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 27 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Losing Sabthia hurts at the back of the rotation, but I wonder how much he had left in the tank before the injury.
Sabathia was not at his best in his previous two starts, and all things considered, he didn't profile to be the pitcher the Yankees could heavily lean on. Sabathia's season has been about as good as it could have been expected, yet he surely would take a back seat to Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Gray in a potential postseason pecking order. Even when healthy, Sabathia was good enough to keep the Yankees in games, however he failed to provide sufficient length in his starts.
With Sabathia on the shelf, the Yankees had an interesting decision to make concerning Montgomery and other available starters in the minor leagues. Initially, I wondered if the Yankees would hold Montgomery back in Triple-A due to the reduced workload the club projected the rest of the way after he was optioned. However, in the heat of a division race, it behooves the Yankees to have the best pitcher available to them make important starts and worry about innings limits as they brush up against them later in the season.