Sabathia to have surgery, out for season

Left-hander will have procedure to clean out knee, surgery scheduled for July 23
07/18/2014 5:32 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

CC Sabathia hasn't pitched since a May 10 start against the Brewers.(AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Friday that LHP CC Sabathia will miss the remainder of the year, as the southpaw is set to undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his right knee.

"I could try to tell you exactly what he told me, but I'm fearful I'll mess it up, but it's essentially an arthroscopic debridement to clean up the right knee," Cashman told the media prior to Friday's second half opener against the Reds. "It is not microfracture surgery, but he'll get it cleaned up and obviously it will end his season."

The surgery will be performed on July 23 by Dodgers team physician Dr. Joel ElAttrache, who saw Sabathia out in California on Friday as the lefty got a third opinion (after seeing both Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews) on a course of action to deal with the degenerative damage in his knee.

Sabathia has been on the disabled list since May 11 because of his knee issue, and had fluid drained from the knee about eight weeks ago. He began a rehab assignment on June 28 and made two rehab starts, but after Sabathia felt more pain and swelling following and that second outing in Trenton on June 2, the GM knew it was a more serious situation than anticipated.

"It was one of those things where that was a moment where we knew his season was in jeopardy," Cashman said. "The original option was to keep going; he has a Baker's cyst back there (in his knee) and we could drain it, but that didn't work the first time. So, we wondered if we wanted to try again or just go to the next step and try to get it taken care of and hope to have a better storyline next year."

The latter option is now indeed the course of action, and while the team is optimistic Sabathia will be ready to go for spring training, Cashman intimated that it's likely Sabathia will be monitored very closely when he does return.

"I think with the number of things that have gone on, we'll have to be careful with it nonetheless."

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