ANAHEIM — The Yankees have already endured injuries to Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aroldis Chapman this season. And you can add CC Sabathia to that the list.
The 36-year-old lefty suffered a strained left hamstring in the Yankees’ 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Angels on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and Joe Girardi anticipates Sabathia will be placed on the disabled list. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
“It sucks,” Sabathia said. “You want to be out there with the guys. You just feel bad. It’s a tough situation.”
The Yankees had won their previous six games. Eric Young Jr. delivered a walk-off single against Ben Heller with two outs in the frame. The Yankees, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11, stranded the bases loaded in the top of the 11th.
Sabathia departed after just four innings. He suffered the injury on his second-to-last pitch of the fourth, and felt it on his final delivery of the frame. He allowed one unearned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.
The 17-year veteran had been extremely dependable of late, winning his previous five starts.
“We’ve had some losses this year (to injuries) and guys have stepped up, so we’re going to have to have someone step up in his absence,” Girardi said. “It’s not what you want because he is throwing the ball so well and he threw the ball well tonight.
This is the first injury the Yankees have had to deal with in their starting rotation, given that they’ve maintained Masahiro Tanaka has been healthy despite his struggles. The team has had to use just six starters all season. And Chad Green only started on Sunday because Tanaka was pushed back to Monday.
Sabathia’s next scheduled turn would be on Sunday in Oakland. It’s possible that Green or Domingo German could take it. It’s less likely that top pitching prospect Chance Adams would, but Girardi wasn’t sure at this point.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez completed a perfect 7-6-2 relay to keep the Angels off the scoreboard in the first inning. With Cole Calhoun on first and two outs, Yunel Escobar hit a double into left. Gardner got to the ball quickly and fired to Gregorius, who fired to Sanchez to get Calhoun by a mile at the plate.
Tyler Clippard, who has pitched worse than his 2.00 ERA would indicate, served up the game-tying solo homer to Eric Young Jr. leading off the eighth inning. Over the last two games, he has consecutive blown saves. It was the fourth homer Clippard has surrendered in 2017.
STAR OF THE GAME
Chase Headley. Seriously. He doubled and scored on Brett Gardner’s two-out RBI single in the fifth inning, hit a 435-foot solo shot in the seventh and singled in the eighth. It was Headley’s first homer since April 19.
STAT OF THE GAME
In his last six starts, CC Sabathia has pitched to a 0.99 ERA (36.1 IP, 4 ER). Didi Gregorius extended his hit streak to 15 straight games with a double in the 11th inning.
Giovanny Gallegos replaced CC Sabathia and pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning. He left with a chance to score his first career MLB win, but it didn’t happen.
Chris Carter struck out three times and committed an awful error, dropping an accurate throw from Didi Gregorius that should’ve been the final out of the fourth inning. It led to the first run of the game. He also hit a first-pitch pop-up to third with the bases loaded in the 11th. Carter did single in the seventh.
Wednesday at LAA, 10:07 p.m. ET, Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.39 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker (6-3, 4.22)