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Sabathia frustrated with early end to 2013

Lefty out for season after Grade 2 hamstring strain
09/24/2013 7:27 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

CC Sabathia will miss the rest of the 2013 season after straining his hamstring on Friday against San Francisco.(AP)
"I don't know exactly when I did it, but I know it was around the second inning…after the game, my original thought was to not even tell (Yankees trainer) Stevie (Donohue), but I wanted a little bit of ice because it was so sore and he saw the bruising."

Those were the words of Yankees ace CC Sabathia on Tuesday, talking to the media for the first time since the team announced that he would be shut down for the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring.

"It is frustrating and it's tough, because you feel like you let your teammates down," he said. "Everybody knows how much I care about winning and wanting to be there for the guys, and not to be able to be there this last week is going to be tough."

Despite suffering what turned out to be a season-ending injury early in the game, Sabathia still pitched seven-innings of one run ball en route to a win over the Giants. That turned out to be the final start of a tough season for Sabathia, leaving him to finish 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA in 32 starts.

Sabathia admitted that it was a difficult season for him mentally and physically, as he had to adjust several things throughout the season.

"It's frustrating (because I've been) inconsistent," he said, "but I felt like me and (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) did a lot of work here lately that got me back on the right track and I felt we were headed in the right direction. I'll just get healthy and keep working on the things we've been working on and get ready for next year."

But, as he noted, Sabathia believes that come 2014, he'll be back to his old self.

"I think I'll be back to myself. I know a lot of people have written me off, said I've thrown too many innings or whatever," he said, "but I'll still be here and still be the guy that signed in 2009."

You can see the entirety of CC Sabathia's press conference below.

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