Sunday, July 1, 2012
Sabathia will not pitch in All-Star Game
Yankees left-handed ace CC Sabathia, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left leg, will be unable to pitch in the July 10 All-Star Game, he told reporters following Sunday's game.
"No," Sabathia responded when asked if he thinks he’ll be able to pitch in the game. "I'm sure they'll shut that down. No."
Sabathia will attend the festivities, however. He was selected to his sixth All-Star team earlier Sunday, but this will be the third straight year he won't be able to pitch due to injuries.
"But I'm definitely excited to make the team," he added.
Sabathia, who says he hasn't been feeling any pain in his leg, plans on playing catch Monday.
The Yankees are hoping he misses just two starts and returns after the All-Star break.
Sabathia is 9-3 on the season with a 3.45 ERA.
• Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez suffered a lacerated lip and a broken tooth after he was struck by a foul ball off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski in the dugout during the ninth inning.
Ibanez tried to duck out of the way, but the ball ricocheted and hit him. He was immediately tended to by trainer Steve Donahue and escorted into the clubhouse.
A Yankees spokesman said Ibanez was getting checked out at New York Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to join the team in Tampa in time for Monday night's game against the Rays.
• Derek Jeter's batting average may have plummeted to .299 -- the first time it has been under .300 since the third game of the season -- but the Yankees captain is excited to be named an All-Star for the 13th time in his career. He was chosen by the fans to start for a seventh consecutive game.
"Anyone that tells you it gets old, they're lying to you," said Jeter, who went 1-for-5 on Sunday.
Jeter didn’t attend last year's game because he was nursing a calf injury.
"I’ve always told you guys every time I've been selected that I appreciate going," he said.
• Robinson Cano, like Jeter, was named an All-Star starter.
He is excited to be a captain in the Home Run Derby, and will announce his AL teammates for the event on Monday.
Cano's father, Jose, will throw to him once again. He will be trying to defend his derby title from last season.
The second baseman crushed his 20th homer of the year -- a two-run shot -- in the third inning. He now has nine homers in his last 14 games.
• Curtis Granderson, the team's third and final All-Star starter, has not been asked to participate in the derby, but he wouldn't pick himself.
Granderson said if he had the pick, he'd take Billy Butler, Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Adam Dunn.
The center fielder currently ranks fourth in the AL in homers with 23.