Yankees' CC Sabathia hit with five-game suspension that will likely begin in 2019

Yahoo Sports Staff

Punishment has been issued to New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Andrew Kittredge of the Tampa Bay Rays for their actions during Thursday’s game.

Following Kittredge’s pitch near the head of Yankees catcher Austin Romine, Sabathia retaliated with a pitch that plunked Jesús Sucre. The pitch resulted in an ejection and cost Sabathia $500,000 because it left him two innings short of a contract bonus. Sabathia is not expected to pitch again during the regular season.

Delayed Punishment

Both players have been suspended and issued undisclosed fines.

Kittredge received a three-game suspension for his pitch at Romine. Meanwhile, Sabathia received a five-game suspension for his intentional beaning.

It’s reported that Sabathia will elect appeal his punishment. Should both suspensions be upheld, they will be served at the beginning of the 2019 season.

Yankees' pitcher CC Sabathia hit with five-game suspension for role in hit by pitch during Thursday's game with the Rays. (AP)
Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia hit with five-game suspension for role in hit by pitch during Thursday’s game with the Rays. (AP)

Best possible outcome

Sabathia being suspended for the 2019 season is the best possible outcome for the Yankees. The Yankees, who are set to play against the Oakland Athletics for the AL Wild Card on Wednesday will be allowed to use Sabathia in the game and throughout the playoffs.

Sabathia is set to become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2018 season. In the 2017 offseason he signed a one-year $10 million deal. The Yankees have given no indication that they will resign him.

In the past, Sabathia has alluded to retiring if the Yankees were to win the World Series. More recently, he said that he is going to pitch in 2019. If he does pitch in 2019, his suspension could be served on another team for actions as a member of the Yankees.

Kittredge will remain a member of the Rays for the foreseeable future.

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