WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Cleveland Indians ace C.C. Sabathia was struck on the left wrist by a line drive Wednesday in the first inning of his final spring training start, against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sabathia, scheduled to pitch the Indians' opener next week in Chicago, couldn't shield himself from the hard shot off the bat of Reed Johnson on the left-hander's second pitch of the game.
Indians coaches and trainers sprinted from the dugout to the mound to assist Sabathia, who shook his hand and shouted a loud profanity. He was immediately taken to the clubhouse to assess his condition.
The team had no immediate word on the severity of his injury. Sabathia's wife, mother and children immediately left the stands and walked toward the clubhouse to check on the 26-year-old.
Sabathia went 12-11 with a 3.22 ERA last season, and has gone 81-56 since joining Cleveland in 2001.
Any kind of injury to their No. 1 starter would be another blow to the Indians, who will already begin the season without left-hander Cliff Lee, sidelined with an abdominal pull.