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CC Sabathia lands on 10-day DL; Yanks may start Luis Cessa in his place

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Angels

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Angels on  June 13, 2017. Credit: EPA / Paul Buck

OAKLAND, Calif. — As expected, CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring.

Joe Girardi said he had not yet determined who would start in the veteran lefthander’s rotation spot, which next would have come up Sunday.

The Yankees called up righthander Domingo German to replace Sabathia and righthander Luis Cessa to take the spot of Ronald Herrera, who was called up from Double-A Trenton Wednesday and took that night’s loss in Anaheim. Herrera, 22, was optioned back to Trenton.

Girardi said of Cessa, “We’re looking at him possibly starting either Saturday or Sunday.”

“A lot of this is based on what we need the next couple of days,” Girardi said.

He added he would be comfortable pushing Masahiro Tanaka, Saturday’s scheduled starter, to Sunday.

“That puts Cessa more in line,” said Girardi, noting Cessa’s day to pitch was Thursday, an outing, obviously, that did not occur as he was called up. “It would be less of a rest for him.”

Cessa, 3-6 with a 4.15 ERA this season, last started June 9. The 25-year-old has been better of late, allowing a combined five runs over his last three outings, comprising 20 innings.

“He’s thrown a lot better,” Girardi said.

Judge’s home

Aaron Judge, who grew up about 80 miles from Oakland in Linden, held court in the dugout to a large local media contingent before the game.

Sabathia, also from the Bay Area, knows what it’s like.

“It can be a distraction, big time,” Sabathia said. “It just is what it is. You want to come home and play well. You’re very familiar with your surroundings, it’s a lot. But he’s mature enough. He can handle it. For me, it was tough for a long time.”

Judge said he wasn’t sure on the total number of tickets secured for the game.

“My parents took care of that,” he said, smiling. “It’s one less distraction . . . but a lot of people supported me, helped me along the way and a lot of those people are going to be at the games this weekend, so I’m excited.”


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