The New York Yankees have left CC Sabathia off their roster for the American League Division Series, manager Aaron Boone announced on Thursday.

Boone also announced that James Paxton will start Game 1 of the series against the Minnesota Twins and will be followed by Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino for Games 2 and 3, respectively.

Boone said the Yankees’ full ALDS roster will be announced on Friday.

The decision means Sabathia, who serves as a baseball analyst for ESPN, will miss at least the first round of the playoffs in his final season as a major leaguer.

The Yankees placed the 39-year-old left-hander in the bullpen for the season’s final week, and Sabathia made his first regular-season relief appearance Sept. 24. A second planned bullpen outing was scrapped.

Sabathia has had four stints on the injured list due to his chronically hurt right knee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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