Indians' Sabathia misses 100th career start
April 22, 2004
Indians ace C.C. Sabathia was removed from the lineup before his scheduled start Thursday against Kansas City because of a sore left shoulder.
The team announced the decision about five minutes before what was to have been the 100th start of Sabathia's career.
He complained of soreness in his shoulder and was taken for a precautionary MRI exam, the team said.
Sabathia warmed up in the center-field bullpen, and didn't appear hurt when he walked to the dugout about 15 minutes before he was supposed to throw his first pitch.
The 6-foot-7 left-hander entered the game 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts. He had no-decisions in his first two starts when Cleveland's relievers blew leads.
Sabathia's start had been pushed back one day when Wednesday night's game was postponed by rain.
Jeff D'Amico, who had been scheduled to pitch Sunday in Detroit, started in place of Sabathia. The umpires pushed back Thursday's afternoon start seven minutes so D'Amico could loosen up.
When he makes his next start, the 23-year-old Sabathia will become just the second pitcher in club history to start 100 games before his 24th birthday. Hall of Famer Bob Feller made 175 starts before he was 24.
Sabathia went 13-9 last season with a 3.60 ERA in 30 starts. He has a 43-25 record in his first three seasons.