MINNEAPOLIS — Yankees LHP CC Sabathia's rehabilitation had been going smoothly, with Wednesday's outing for Double-A Trenton the most encouraging sign yet. But that came to a halt Thursday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia woke up with swelling in his right knee and will be shut down indefinitely.
Girardi said it's unclear what the next step is.
Sabathia, 33, had not been pitching particularly well when he went on the disabled list May 11 with inflammation in his right knee. He was not impressive in two rehab starts but felt healthy.
Sabathia gave up hard-hit balls in 32/3 innings Wednesday night, allowing five runs (three earned), five hits and a walk. But his fastball peaked at 94 mph, the fastest it has been in two years. Afterward, he said, "Healthwise, I'm ready to go."
Sabathia's knee began to act up in early May, and it ballooned after a May 10 start in Milwaukee.
Also, the Yankees sent 3B Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and replaced him with Zelous Wheeler, 27, who made his major-league debut Thursday at the Twins and homered after eight years in the minors.
odd challenge helps jays: The Blue Jays used a replay challenge to have their own runner called out in order to score a run. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, Athletics 1B Nate Freiman fielded a ground ball and appeared to tag Munenori Kawasaki as he ran for second base, but umpire Vic Carapazza ruled Freiman missed the tag. Freiman threw to C Stephen Vogt for a forceout of Edwin Encarnacion, the runner on third. The Jays successfully argued that Kawasaki was out and that Encarnacion should be allowed to score because there would have been no force play. The A's played the rest of their 4-1 victory under protest.
agent investigation? The MLB Players Association is investigating whether agents played a role in the Biogenesis doping scandal, ESPN reported. A report is expected in a few weeks. The primary subjects of the investigation have been the ACES agency, run by Seth and Sam Levinson, and CAA, where agent Nez Balelo represents the Brewers' Ryan Braun, ESPN said. Braun served a 65-game suspension for PED use last year. The players association would not confirm the investigation. An MLB spokesman referred questions to the players association.
cardinals: INF Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak against the Giants to 11 games. He has a .519 career average against them (28-for-54).
rangers: RHP Yu Darvish had his start pushed to tonight at the Mets after rain delayed the start of Thursday's game against the Orioles. RH reliever Scott Baker started and took the loss. Darvish now might be eligible to pitch in the July 15 All-Star Game because he isn't expected to pitch on the Sunday before the break.
rockies: 3B Nolan Arenado was activated from the 15-day disabled list. LHP Christian Friedrich was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The team was 10-27 without Arenado.