CC Sabathia Leaves ALCS Game 4 in Most Heartbreaking Fashion

Yankees Pitcher Is Retiring At End Of Season

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia left Game 4 of the AL Championship Series with a shoulder injury. 

Sabathia made a brief appearance in the game during the eighth inning, with the Yankees trailing Houston 7-3. The Yankees veteran recorded two outs but started to struggle against outfielder George Springer.

Manager Aaron Boone trekked towards Sabathia to check in on his pitcher after Sabathia fell to 2-1 in the count. Sabathia paced around the mound as Yankees trainer Steve Donahue tended to him. He threw a warm-up pitch to catcher Gary Sanchez, but deemed the pain was too much. 

Sabathia, who won the 2009 World Series with the Yankees, walked off to a standing ovation from those in attendance. Members of the Astros applauded the 39-year-old pitcher, as well, as he left the field. 

"We've got to see more about it," Boone told reporters after the Yankees' 8-3 loss, via SNY. "Not good, with the shoulder."

In February, Sabathia revealed the 2019 season would be his last. He built quite the resume if Thursday was indeed the final time baseball fans witness Sabathia on a pitcher's mound. 

Sabathia played for three teams — Indians, Yankees and Brewers — over his illustrious 18-year career. He is a six-time All Star and became the latest person to reach 3,000 career strikeouts earlier this season.

If Cooperstown decides to give Sabathia a call, he plans on wearing a Yankees cap if he's given the distinction. 

"He leaves it all on the field," outfielder Aaron Judge told reporters. "I don't know the severity of what's going on with him. You can never say that man never gave his all. That's a warrior right there ... That was tough to see but that's our leader. He left it all out there."

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