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Yankees' CC Sabathia Placed on 10-Day IL After Knee Injury vs. Athletics

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on August 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list after he left Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium with a right knee injury.

The Yankees confirmed the news Saturday, noting Sabathia has knee inflammation. Jonathan Loaisiga was recalled to take Sabathia's place.

The YES Network showed the replay of Sabathia appearing to struggle with pain on the mound: 

YES Network @YESNetwork

CC Sabathia has left tonight's game after three innings, and Luis Cessa is now on the mound. Watch #YANKSonYES LIVE: https://t.co/EkJIcdnyn6 https://t.co/SJN6cUpxpc

Sabathia was replaced by Luis Cessa after giving up a run and a hit with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings.

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

CC Sabathia was as dejected as I’ve seen him in some time, but he plans to have his knee drained and possibly get a cortisone shot and appears determined to be back on the mound again this season. Hard to believe he would allow his career to end in this fashion.

Sabathia told reporters after the game that his level of pain in the knee was at a "10," per Laura Albanese of Newsday.

Sabathia has had an up-and-down season, going 5-8 with a 4.93 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 20 appearances (100.1 innings).

The Yankees have been beset by medical issues all season while somehow maintaining one of baseball's best records. 

After Gio Urshela landed on the 10-day injured list with a groin strain, the Yankees set an MLB record Friday with 29 players put on the IL this season, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com).

"It's been one of the storylines of our season," manager Aaron Boone said. "Losing guys and getting guys back."

At this point, just about every star and key player for the Yankees has spent time sidelined. Sabathia himself has made three trips to the injured list this season, missing time twice for knee inflammation. At 39 years old, however, it's less surprising that Sabathia is running into issues staying on the mound. 

The Yankees, meanwhile, are getting accustomed to cycling through pitchers—nine different players have gotten a start for them in 2019.