The Yankees reinstated LHP CC Sabathia from the 10-day IL ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the team that initially drafted Sabathia all those years ago: the Cleveland Indians.

Sabathia has been out since just before the trade deadline when he took his turn in the week from hell where the Yankees starters gave up no fewer than three billion runs, but they still went 4-3 on the week. He got the usual procedure done on his knee but there were some reports of his shoulder also needing the break, so he took a little longer than he usually does with these IL stints.

In totality, CC has been a little below average this season. He has a 4.78 ERA with a 5.92 FIP and 94 ERA+ in 90.1 IP across 17 starts. The Yankees are, surprisingly, just 9-8 in games Sabathia starts this season.

Before his two disaster starts ahead of the IL stint, his numbers were considerably better. He had a 4.06 ERA in 82.0 IP. By no means is that good or what we should be expecting from CC, but we can work with it. On the year, he’s mostly been what we’ve expected. He’s just had a couple more “bad” starts sprinkled in than he had the last couple of years, which is not what we want.

Even though he’s not a “difference-maker” than people want, myself, and I think most fans, are happy to have CC back. He’s a stabilizing presence, even if he’s not excellent, and he takes the load off others as we go down the stretch. Domingo German probably needs extra rest down the stretch, Masahiro Tanaka often benefits from the same treatment, and the bullpen could use some innings off. CC doesn’t go very long very often into games anymore (though he goes longer more often than you think), but in the grand scheme of things, he can take a lot of innings off of other pitchers’ hands. I’m not sure if CC will get a spot on the postseason roster, but he’s one of the leaders on this team no matter what.

To open up a spot for CC Sabathia, the Yankees optioned RHP Ryan Dull to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dull did not appear in a game for the Yanks.

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