MLB announced Saturday that New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia has been given a five-game suspension following an incident during Thursday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays, per Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com.
Sabathia hit Rays' catcher Jesus Sucre in the leg with a pitch, leading to an immediate ejection. Tampa reliever Andrew Kittredge received a three-game suspension for his involvement in the incident as well. Per Caldera, Sabathia and Kittredge were also fined.
A video of the incident can be seen below.
Sabathia's suspension would be in effect at the start of the 2019 season, so he is still eligible for the playoffs. The Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday. Sabathia can appeal the suspension.
Unfortunately for Sabathia, the ejection cost him a whopping amount of cash. He needed to reach 155 innings for the season to earn a $500,000 bonus for the 2018 season. Sabathia pitched five innings on Thursday, and needed just to more to pick up the bonus.
The 38-year-old Sabathia has tuned in another fine season for the Yankees, going 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 153 innings pitched. Though no longer a Cy Young-caliber pitcher, Sabathia remains a key part of New York's pitching staff, one that has propelled the Pinstripes to their third playoff season in four years.
Sabathia told reporters last week that he plans on playing the 2019 season, amid rumors that he was considering retirement. Given how well he's pitched for the Yankees since signing there in 2008, it's hard to envision them not bringing him back for one more year.
The Yankees finish up the regular season with a road contest against the Boston Red Sox, which Sabathia might appear in. After that, the goal is to bring this franchise its 28th World championship.