TORONTO (AP) — CC Sabathia gave up two two-run homers to Josh Donaldson and then left the game after three innings when his right knee flared up.
The left-hander could miss his next turn in the New York Yankees’ rotation.
J.A. Happ won his sixth straight decision against the Yankees, and the Blue Jays beat New York 4-2.
Sabathia (9-5) limped off the field after his knee flared up in the third and did not return. It was his shortest outing since a 2 2/3-inning stint against Toronto on July 4.
“I thought he had a little bit of a limp coming off the field,” manager Joe Giarardi said. “When he came off he said he was feeling it every pitch and that’s why I pulled him.”
Sabathia has worn a brace on his right knee since suffering soreness late in the 2015 season. He will return to New York Wednesday for further examination.
“It’s just frustrating,” Sabathia said. “It’s been healthy all year. To go out today and not have it be where I want it to be is just frustrating.”
The left-hander, who lost consecutive starts for the first time in 2017, acknowledged his knee led to control problems against the Blue Jays.
“It’s just hard for me to get over my front side and finish the pitches,” he said. “When I can’t do that, I don’t know where the ball is going.”
Donaldson connected twice against Sabathia, who came in with an AL-best 2.29 ERA in 10 road starts. The 2015 AL MVP, Donaldson hit a drive to right-center in the first, and hooked one down the left field line in the third. He finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
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