Cleveland Indians starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia (abdominal) left his Opening Day start against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning with a strained abdominal muscle and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Starting pitcher Jason Davis is likely to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster, and he or pitcher Fausto Carmona will take Sabathia's spot in the rotation. Davis is the likely candidate though.
Sabathia suffered a similar injury in spring training last year that kept him out six weeks. While it's not believed to be that serious, it doesn't look good. Sabathia hasn't been a marquee pitcher since 2003 when he went 13-9 with a 3.60 ERA. His career started with a spark by going 17-5 with a 4.39 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 180 1/3 innings, but since then, he's really started regressing.
It's a good idea to release Sabathia in mixed leagues if you don't have disabled list spots and pick up a pitcher like New York Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine, who put in a solid opening day performance. As for Davis and Carmona, neither of them have fantasy value. Scan your waiver wire for replacements like San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dewon Brazelton or San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jamey Wright, each of whom had a fantastic spring.
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Dodson is a KFFL Contributor and has been with KFFL since 2002.
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