NEW YORK — CC Sabathia vows he’s going to be the New York Yankees’ ace next year.
“I know a lot of people have written me off,” Sabathia said Tuesday. “I’ll still be here and I’ll still be accountable and I’ll still be the guy that signed up in 2009.”
It’s been an extremely frustrating season for the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, one that ended a week early when he sustained a Grade 2 left hamstring strain in a start against the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Thing is, that outing was also his most encouraging.
“Pitching against San Francisco I felt more back to myself morseo than any other start,” Sabathia said Tuesday. “Just going out there and being a bully. That’s something that I felt like I was before and kind of lost that this year.”
Sabathia pitched into the eighth that night, despite hurting his leg in the second. He allowed only one run and seven hits. The Yankees revealed his injury Monday, an off day.
Phil Hughes will take Sabathia’s spot in the rotation on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees desperately try to cling to a shot at an AL wild card. New York entered Tuesday night’s game four games back of Cleveland for the second spot.
Coming back from offseason elbow surgery, Sabathia went 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, the highest of his 13-year career. In a season marred by injuries to many of the team’s stars, the Yankees were counting on Sabathia to be a steady presence that helped lead New York to another postseason trip. Instead, the velocity on his fastball was down, he gave up 28 homers and he was prone to allowing big innings.
Sabathia had the most losses of his career and his fewest wins since signing a $161 million, seven-year deal before the 2009 season — amended two years later to add at least $30 million — with New York.