Report: CC set for minor surgery on right knee


Yankees ace CC Sabathia will undergo surgery later this week for what The Post is calling a “minor meniscus tear of the right knee,” Joel Sherman and George A. King III reported a few minutes ago. CC underwent a diagnostic yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and doctors spotted the meniscus tear. “The Yankees,” says The Post, “do not consider the procedure significant and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready for spring training.”

The knee problem, speculate Sherman and King, could have been behind Sabathia’s less-than-stellar posteason showing, and the two reporters note that CC’s size and his workload may make Yankee officials worry even about a minor procedure. Sabathia has tossed 1033 innings since 2007, the most, notes The Post, since Randy Johnson threw 1085.2 from 1999-2002. Still, a meniscus procedure is a rather smooth one these days, and the big man should be a-OK for 2011.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito


  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    And now we know why the Yankees didn’t start CC in games 1, 4 and 7.

    • CP

      The diagnosis came after the playoffs (yesterday), so it probably didn’t play into the fact that he wasn’t started on short rest.

      • Ed

        The diagnosis may not have come until yesterday, but he was probably complaining about his knee a while ago.

  • Kit

    Get well soon, CC.

  • bonestock94

    Comforting to know that there’s reasons for the bad starts at least, for CC and Pettitte.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

      Except Pettitte didn’t have a bad start. Just hard to match up versus Lee.

      • bonestock94

        The ALDS didn’t magically disappear.

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          Uhhh and Andy pitched well in the ALDS too

          • bonestock94

            wtf am I thinking of

    • Mike HC

      It is the opposite of comforting to know CC has knee problems.

      • bonestock94

        Well it happened and they say it’s minor. Could be much worse, scary thoughts run through your mind when CC’s good start was when he gave up 13 hits.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    So who is next on the list of people who were secretly hurt?

    I say Jeter

    I do recall that there was a report that he had some nagging injury.

    • Salty Buggah

      I think pretty much every Yankee had some type of injury down the stretch. I think only Grandy and Cano were the ones without an injury, but who knows? I just hope everyone recovers and stays healthy (for the most part, as injuries as inevitable) for 2011.

      • Kit

        Grandy actually had a pretty bad strain early in the season, so it was mostly Cano who stayed healthy, and even then, he had some back pain and took a day or two off with a cold.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Jeter had 36-year-old-itis.

      • CP

        And that’s significantly worse than 35-year-old-itis?

        • Mike HC


          • CP

            Or, just maybe, it’s something other than age. Players generally don’t fall off a cliff so suddenly.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Players generally don’t fall off a cliff so suddenly.

              Unless they’re old, and then sometimes they do.

              • CP

                Sure, it sometimes happens. So does a 39 year old having the best year of his career. That doesn’t mean that it’s likely to repeat itself.

                • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

                  It’s more likely Jeter continues to decline than bounce back.

                  • CP

                    That’s just your opinion, not a guarantee. It’s more likely that 2011 will be like 2010 than 2009, but it’s also more likely that 2011 will be better than 2010 than worse.

                    People who aren’t injured generally don’t go from the best year of their career to the worst and not rebound.

                    • Mike HC

                      Agreed that Jeter is likely to have a better year next year than this past year. But it is tough to deny that the Jeter we saw on the field for this entire year, is not the same Jeter of past years. Not even close. Such a dramatic difference that it is tough to just gloss over and think everything will be aok.

                    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

                      Maybe, but the older you get the more lindering injuries you have.

                      Can a healthy 2011 Jeter have a great year? Absolutely. I just don’t believe he can stay healthy all year.

      • Yank the Frank

        After November Jeter will have a nagging wife…

    • Mike HC

      I think they call Jeter’s injury, “old knee.” They don’t have surgery for that.

    • bonestock94

      He looked solid in the playoffs though.

    • Ed

      I’d say that almost everyone on the team had some sort of nagging injury we don’t know about They played 162 regular season games, 9 postseason games, plus spring training. That’s brutal on your body. Players always have aches and pains. We only hear about the more significant ones.

  • Jonathan

    I have had 5 of these and the last 3 by world class doctors and they are not a big deal. You don’t even have to go under and you can literally walk out of the hospital an hour after the surgery without help or crutches. I’m a big guy but not 300lbs though but I suspect it’s the same. Get well soon hoss.

    • CP

      The fact that you’ve had 5 of these surgeries doesn’t bode well for CC’s future…

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        heh…i’m torn between ‘but he’s still walking’ and ‘oh ****.’

        its the medical version of ‘on a streak’ vs ‘he’s due.’

  • Matt M.

    well…there goes another 20 million into the cliff lee bucket lol. dude’s gonna make out like a bandit

  • RobC

    that is a lot of innings but is there a pitch count?

  • larryf

    Just thinking of a man his size planting on that extended knee….


  • Brian in NH

    Size is a concern. I’ve always had knee problems since i was in high school, and putting on weight working at my first office job after college just made them worse. I’ve started losing a little weight and already my knees feel way better. CC is a horse, but he’s a very large horse. I’m not questioning his work ethic or anything, but i’m sure shedding a few pounds would help him out on his knee.

    good luck Carsten Charles

  • Mike HC

    Surgery is only minor when they are not doing it to you. Not great news. Hope all goes well.

  • crawdaddie

    Too many of you are practicing medicine without a license.

    • The Big City of Dreams


  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Doesn’t sound too serious. Better the knee than the elbow/shoulder.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


  • larryf

    I guess now we know why CC wasn’t going to be bunting for a basehit in the Series…

  • Dick Whitman

    The Threat Level has been upgraded to Severe, red: severe risk of terrorist attacks.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals


  • JerseyDutch

    Hate to hear about any injury to CC, no matter how minor. Hope the big guy recovers and is 100% by ST.