The New York Yankees announced Monday that left-hander CC Sabathia is out for the rest of the season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Sabathia was injured during Friday's start against the San Francisco Giants. He pitched seven innings in the win.
The injury requires about eight weeks of recovery time. Sabathia, 33, was 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 175 strikeouts in 211 innings.
The Yankees are still fighting for a playoff spot as they are four games out of the second wild card spot in the American League heading into the final week of the regular season.
RAYS ACTIVATE CRAIN
The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever Jesse Crain on Monday.
The all-star is active for the first time since the Rays acquired him from the Chicago White Sox on July 29. He has been out with a right shoulder strain.
Crain was named to the American League All-Star team even though he has not pitched since June 29. The 32-year-old has a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.
MAUERíS SEASON OVER
Joe Mauer's winter vacation is starting a little early this year.
On Monday, the Minnesota Twins announced that because Mauer continues to suffer symptoms from a concussion sustained Aug. 19, the all-star catcher will not play again this season.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Mauer had been making progress and the decision to shut him down wasn't caused by a setback. With only a week remaining in the season, however, the Twins don't think there is any need to bring him back.
"He's making steady progress, and a lot of favorable things going on. But with the calendar and the schedule about ready to run out, it's unrealistic for us to think we're going to get him on the field this year," Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "So we're going to work toward the 2014 season."
Mauer hit .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 113 games this season.
"It's disappointing," Mauer said. "All this time, I've been working to get back on the field. I gave it a good go, but just wasn't able to get back out there."
HALLADAY EXITS EARLY
Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay was removed after just three batters -- two of whom drew walks -- in Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
Halladay, who was replaced by right-hander Luis Garcia, went one-third of an inning, getting Ed Lucas to foul out. He threw 16 pitches, only five of them for strikes and nothing faster than 83 mph.
It was the shortest start of Halladay's career.
After the first inning was over, the Phillies announced that Halladay was removed due to "right arm fatigue."
Itís been a troubling season for the 36-year-old Halladay. He entered Monday with a 4-4 record and a 6.71 ERA.
It is by far Halladay's worse season since 2000, before he established himself as one of the game's best pitchers. He went on to become an eight-time all-star and two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins just three seasons ago on May 29, 2010.