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Knee injury may end season for Sabathia

NEW YORK — The Yankees put LHP CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury that could end his season.

Manager Joe Girardi said Monday there is no timetable for Sabathia's return, and he kept open the possibility that he might not pitch again this year.

Sabathia came out of his start Sunday after 22/3 innings and immediately went for an MRI exam. The plan is to have him stay behind when the team goes on its upcoming six-game road trip. The rest of the rehabilitation will depend on how he responds to rest and treatment.

"The MRI really didn't show any changes from before, but obviously he is pretty sore," Girardi said.

Sabathia, 35, the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, has been hampered by the knee the past few seasons. He had surgery last year and was limited to eight starts.

This year, he has a 5.27 ERA in 24 starts. He has had the knee drained twice and recently received a pain-killing shot, all part of the plan to help him get through the season. Girardi, in fact, was surprised Sabathia wasn't prevented from pitching until he came out of his last start.

"It's been maintenance all year long for us," Girardi said.

STROMAN CLOSE: RHP Marcus Stroman, projected to be the Blue Jays' ace this season before tearing his ACL in spring training, felt "great" after throwing a 40-pitch simulated game and is set to throw another Friday, foxsports.com reported. He could be cleared to join Triple-A Buffalo for a rehab assignment soon after.

ASTROS, ACE IN TALKS: Houston and LHP Dallas Keuchel have had discussions about a multiyear contract extension, the Cy Young candidate told the Houston Chronicle. "This is all I've known, and it's where I want to be," Keuchel said.

COACHING CHANGE: Ron Washington is back in the dugout where he got his big-league start as a coach, promoted to his old position as third-base coach for the Athletics after the club dismissed Mike Gallego. Washington, 63, spent 11 seasons as an A's coach.

A'S: Rookie RHP Kendall Graveman went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique sustained during Sunday's start against the Rays.

CUBS: RF Jorge Soler and RH reliever Jason Motte went on the 15-day disabled list. Soler has a left oblique strain and could miss up to a month. Motte has a right shoulder strain and won't throw for 7-10 days.

DODGERS: All-Star rookie CF Joc Pederson has been benched in favor of Kike Hernandez. Pederson is 2-for-41 in August with 17 strikeouts, though he has drawn 20 walks.

NATIONALS: CF Denard Span is expected to be activated from the disabled list today. The former Tampa Catholic standout had been out since July 6 with lingering lower back injury.

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