Sabathia pitched well in his final start of the year, holding the San Francisco Giants to one run on seven hits over seven innings. He has struggled throughout the season, going 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA. Sabathia still managed to log 211 innings, but saw his strikeout rate decrease and walk rate increase during 2013.
The Yankees announced that the recovery time for the hamstring injury is eight weeks; even if the team manages to secure a miracle bid for the postseason, Sabathia will not be available to pitch. New York enters Monday four games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second Wild Card spot with six games remaining.
Yankees president Randy Levine, however, is not giving up on the season, telling Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com:
"It is going to be very hard. We are not eliminated. As Yogi says, 'It ain't over 'til it's over.'"
Sabathia was scheduled to pitch in the upcoming series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The team has yet to announce a replacement starter.