Updates from Saturday, July 19
Fearful his career could be in jeopardy, CC Sabathia had trouble sleeping as he awaited word if he needed microfacture surgery or a less serious arthroscopic procedure on his ailing right knee.
Sabathia will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery this Wednesday, but his doctors told him it should allow him to return for spring training.
I was very concerned," said Sabathia, who turns 34 on Monday. "I told my wife last night, 'My season is over, but it was the first time was I able to get some real sleep,' just knowing that I don't have to have the microfracture and I can return next year."
"It is something I'm probably going to have to deal with the rest of my life and eventually have a big surgery," Sabathia said. "The goal is to keep playing and this is the easiest way to do it.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch has the latest on Sabathia:
CC Sabathia said he feels confident knee surgery will get him back on the mound for 2015. Russell Westbrook had similar procedure.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 18
Newsday's Erik Boland has the latest on CC Sabathia's knee:
Cashman: Sabathia to undergo season-ending surgery on right knee July 23. Not the micro fracture surgery, but a "cleanup" procedure— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 18, 2014
YES Network's Jack Curry has more:
Sabathia will have arthroscopic knee surgery. If that's unsuccessful, Cashman said microfracture surgery could still be possibility.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 18, 2014
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provided an update on Sabathia's diagnosis:
General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees should have a firm diagnosis on CC Sabathia's right knee on Friday. After canceling his appointment with Dr. James Andrews, Sabathia visited two other specialists to determine the next step for the degenerative condition in his knee. Should Sabathia require microfracture surgery, his season would be over and his career would be in jeopardy.
Updates from Friday, July 11
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has an update on CC Sabathia:
CC Sabathia has cancelled his appointment with Dr. James Andrews, orig. sched for Monday. He is seeking opinions from two other doctors.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 11, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 4
Buster Olney of ESPN has the latest on CC Sabathia:
There continues to be a possibility that CC Sabathia will require microfracture surgery on his knee, with an uncertain pitching future.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 4, 2014
Sweeny Murti of WFAN adds more:
Girardi said Sabathia is scheduled to see Dr Andrews 7/14. Knee surgery possible, likely out for year. Fair to ask if he ever pitches again.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) July 4, 2014
Important to note that it's impossible to know recovery/timetable for Sabathia until he sees Dr Andrews and actually has a surgery.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) July 4, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 3
David Lennon of Newsday reports that Sabathia has suffered a setback:
Girardi just said on WFAN that Sabathia woke up today with fluid in knee and prob headed for MRI. Unsure what's next for him. #yankees— David Lennon (@DPLennon) July 3, 2014
Kevin Manahan of NJ.com detailed how his start went against the Triple-A Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday:
The Yankees, desperate to put their rotation back together, won't be heartened by the outing.
In 3.2 innings, Sabathia, who has been out since May 11 with a degenerative right knee, gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits—three for extra bases. He threw 55 pitches, 33 for strikes, walking one and striking out two. He also hit a batter.
Joe Girardi spoke about what's next for Sabathia via Andrew Krammer of ESPN New York:
We're waiting to see what the next step is. Can't tell you how long he's going to be shut down. He said nothing during the game about it, he woke up today, and that's the report I got. Today it was swollen, similar to what he's experienced before.
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Chad Jennings of the Journal News details CC Sabathia's latest rehab outing Saturday:
Sabathia walked one and struck out two for Class-A Tampa against Dunedin in a Florida State League game. He threw 37 pitches.
"I felt really good," Sabathia said. "I didn’t know what to expect. Obviously I want to be healthy and not have any problems, and got that accomplished."
Sabathia gave up an infield single and a two-run double that the center fielder just missed making a diving catch on.
"Definitely need to work on my secondary pitches," said Sabathia, whose fastball was consistently in the 87-89 mph range. "I couldn’t be happier with the way I felt physically out there. It feels good to be back out there competing. Hopefully I can get back in the big leagues pretty quick."
Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Anthony McCarron and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News have the latest on Sabathia:
CC Sabathia's road to recovery took another positive turn when he threw off a mound for the first time on Monday, and while the Yankees believe it will be another six weeks before the lefthander returns to action, Sabathia is hoping to beat that estimate.
After throwing 25 pitches — all fastballs and curveballs — on Monday, Sabathia will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday, increasing his pitch total while throwing all of his pitches.
"So far, so good," Joe Girardi said. "He came out good (Monday) and you would expect him to continue to progress, but we'll see."
"That's what they're saying, but I've been throwing the whole time and I feel pretty good," Sabathia said. "Obviously we have to be cautious, not wanting to hurt my arm, but we'll see. I feel pretty good, so hopefully we can skip some steps.
"A few more steps and hopefully no setbacks, just build up and get into a game here pretty soon."
Updates from Friday, June 13
The Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo provides an update on CC Sabathia's status:
Joe Girardi ruled out a July return for Michael Pineda and he doesn’t think CC Sabathia will be back before the All-Star break.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) June 13, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 2
ESPN's Wallace Matthews and NJ.com's Brendan Kuty have the latest on Sabathia's recovery:
Sabathia said he got advice from Amare Stoudmire on how to rehab following stem-cell treatment on knee— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) June 2, 2014
CC Sabathia said he's been doing advanced treadmill work and throwing in a chair. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 2, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 19
Joel Sherman of the New York Post talked to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who updated CC Sabathia's status:
Sabathia is going to be out until at least July, Cashman tells me. Story to follow shortly #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 19, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 17
Spencer Fordin of MLB.com provides an update from Joe Girardi on CC Sabathia's return:
Girardi said that Sabathia, dealing with a balky right knee, will be on crutches until early next week and will need some time to ease back into his schedule. The hulking left-hander is flying back to New York on Saturday and is expected to be at the stadium on Sunday, and Girardi isn't quite sure what to expect.
Girardi, in fact, said that he "would be kind of shocked," if Sabathia was ready by May 26.
"There's not a lot of history on this, but because they want the procedure to be as successful as possible, he's on crutches," Girardi said. "It's not because the knee is sore. They just don't want any weight on it. My guess is we'll evaluate him Monday or Tuesday ... and then we'll go from there."
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Brendan Kuty of NJ.com provides the latest on CC Sabathia's knee injury:
CC Sabathia's knee has been drained and he's just taking treatment now, Girardi says #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 14, 2014
Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger reports the Dr. James Andrews' diagnosis of Sabathia's knee injury:
CC Sabathia requested, and made, a precautionary visit to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right knee Tuesday. The renowned orthopedic surgeon, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, confirmed Sabathia’s original diagnosis: The Yankees left-hander does not have any structural damage in the inflamed knee.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News breaks down what exactly the diagnosis means on Sabathia's knee:
The degenerative changes in Sabathia's knee are basically cartilage breaking down, says Cashman. Will get stem cell/cortisone shot Thursday.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) May 14, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 12
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke about CC Sabathia's injury and the next step in his recovery (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com):
Brian Cashman tells @RealMichaelKay that CC Sabathia (right knee inflammation) is planning to see Dr. James Andrews as a precaution.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 12, 2014
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been placed on the disabled list after undergoing an MRI on Sunday that revealed an issue with his knee, according to clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits:
CC Sabathia had MRI on knee today... Fluid on his knee... To the DL #yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) May 11, 2014
The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports that manager Joe Girardi is optimistic about Sabathia's recovery and points out a potential replacement on the mound:
Girardi said Sabathia's DL stint should be only 15 days. Aceves likely candidate to replace him.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) May 11, 2014
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report broke down what Sabathia's injury means for the Yankees:
Even with just a minimum stay, Sabathia to DL is crushing for Yankees. Their depth is nonexistent at this point. Aceves to fill in.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 11, 2014
The 33-year-old lefty has struggled through his first eight starts this season, posting a 3-4 record to go along with a 5.28 ERA, the worst of his major league career. Therefore, providing Sabathia with additional time to rest and recover appears to be the smartest decision the Yankees can make.
Not to mention the Yankees have a ton of money invested in Sabathia, who is set to earn $23 million this season and an additional $73 million over the following three seasons through 2017, according to Spotrac.com.
Alfredo Aceves, whom Feinsand describes as a candidate to replace Sabathia over the next few weeks, has appeared in just two games for New York this season, going 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings pitched.
At 19-16, the Yankees are currently in second place in the American League East, and that is with their front-of-the-rotation arm underperforming. Given Sabathia's struggles, placing the former ace on the disabled list could lead to a more effective pitcher down the line, assuming he is able to regain his form.