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Sabathia unlikely to return this season

NEW YORK — The Yankees no longer expect LHP CC Sabathia to return to this year, manager Joe Girardi said Friday. The six-time All-Star has been out since mid May with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee.

A day after his second rehab start, Wednesday for Double-A Trenton, Sabathia, 33, had swelling in the joint. An MRI exam didn't reveal new damage, and he will be re-examined July 14.

Girardi acknowledged there's a chance Sabathia, who had surgery on the knee in October 2010, has thrown his last pitch for the Yankees. "Whenever you have degenerative issues that cause surgery or things like that," he said, "there's always a little question there."

Marlins: INF Derek Dietrich went on the DL with a strained right wrist. He was hurt taking swings in the on-deck circle Tuesday.

Mariners: DH Corey Hart (out since May 19 with a strained left hamstring) and 1B Justin Smoak (out since June 10 with a strained left quad) were activated. Smoak was sent to Triple A.

Mets: 3B David Wright missed his seventh game with a bruised left rotator cuff. He hoped to return Friday, but a wet field led the team to be cautious. Also, LHP Jonathon Niese left his start in the first after getting hit near his hip by a line drive. Niese repeatedly told manager Terry Collins he didn't want to leave. After being pulled, he fired his glove against the dugout wall and knocked over a bucket of bubble gum.

Rangers: RHP Neftali Feliz, the 2010 rookie of the year who was a strike away from closing out the 2011 World Series, was called up. He has struggled since returning from 2012 Tommy John elbow ligament surgery.

Ump done: Umpire Gary Darling, 56, retired after 28 years. He had not worked this season because of an undisclosed injury.

Sabathia unlikely to return this season 07/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:04pm]
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