Yankees drop injured Sabathia from ALCS roster, likely ending pitcher's career

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But no one wins out against the darkness.

CC Sabathia's major league career is over. He hobbled off the field and disappeared from view.

Sabathia suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder joint in Game 4 on Thursday.

A six-time All-Star, 2007 AL Cy Young award victor and 2009 World Series champion, Sabathia ends his 19-year career with 251 victories and 3,093 strikeouts.

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Pushing the game back to Thursday means the Astros and Yankees will not have any off days between now and the end of the series. He said he will have an MRI to determine whether he needs surgery.

"I told (my wife) Amber last night that this was kind of the best way for me it to end for me", he said.

While I doubt the Yankees would have included Sabathia on their 25-man roster as a sign of respect, right-handed reliever Ben Heller now takes Sabathia's place on the roster for as long as the Yanks can stretch this series out. "Because the way I've been feeling - loving the bullpen and jogging out, feeling pretty good - I feel like about July of next year I would've been like, 'I can pitch.' The way I feel now I obviously can't".

And although Sabathia threw a test pitch, the 2009 World Series champion was forced to head to the dugout - tears in his eyes. "They had to rip the ball out of his hand and that jersey off".

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Sabathia, 39, announced 2019 would be his final season back in spring training. "That's a warrior right there".

In Game 3, Houston's Gerrit Cole allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven batters and walking five.

A six-time All-Star and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award victor with Cleveland, Sabathia finished with a 251-161 regular-season record with 3,093 strikeouts.

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