Sabathia already knew he was out for the season, but Wednesday's
surgery should allow him to return by spring training next year.
"I was very concerned," Sabathia said Saturday. "I told my wife last
night, 'My season is over, but it was the first time was I able to
get some real sleep,' just knowing that I don't have to have the
microfracture and I can return next year."
Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache will perform the
surgery in southern California on Wednesday. Sabathia, who turns 34
on Monday, finished this year 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.
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The Baltimore Orioles have been in trade talks with the Philadelphia
Phillies about acquiring starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to
The Orioles entered Saturday with a four-game lead in the American
League East but are looking to add a starting pitcher. They have the
ninth-worst ERA among starters in the majors at 4.07.
Burnett's wife is a Maryland native and the couple lives there in
the offseason. The 37-year-old is 6-9 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts
and 136 2/3 innings for the Phillies this season.
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Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios left Saturday's game against the
Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning after spraining his right
ankle while taking a swing.
Rios was hopping in pain after fouling off the first pitch he saw
from Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman. After manager Ron
Washington and a team trainer checked on Rios, he limped back to the
Rangers' dugout and headed for the clubhouse. X-rays were negative.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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