Sabathia had surgery to remove bone spur from left elbow today


6:44pm: Brian Cashman told Bryan Hoch that Sabathia will be on a modified schedule in Spring Training but he will be ready in time for Opening Day.

4:46pm: CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow today, the Yankees announced. He is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure at his practice in Alabama during the left-hander’s scheduled visit.

Sabathia, 32, has pitched with the spur in his elbow since his days with the Indians, but it didn’t give him any problems until recently. It caused him to spend two weeks on DL back in August and he also received a cortisone short at some point late in the season as well. It’s never a good thing when your ace pitcher has surgery on his throwing arm, but this was a relatively minor procedure and by all accounts the ligament is fine. That’s all you can ask for with this stuff.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. MB923 says:

    “He is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training”

    When I read this part, I said “whew”.

  2. JohnC says:

    Well, thats one thing out of the way. When are the Yanks having their pro scouting meetings, where they formulate their off season plans? Under George, these usually took place no more than 2 days after their season ended

    • Yank the Frank says:

      Which is why under George we usually made panic moves and had problems the next year.
      Let the brain trust take a breath, step back and make some smart decisions.

      • Murderers' Row Boat says:

        I, for one, miss those meetings because they always were preceded by a scathing article in the Post where George goes off on the entire team. So you had three days of “Who’s gone, who’s staying, and who’s been burned at the stake for George’s amusement. Then what ended up happening is a few coaches got shit-canned and George told his GM to sign all these other players he’s been hearing about in the paper.

        • Rich in NJ says:

          As much as George overreacted at times (for long periods), I would prefer his overspending to the upcoming austerity budget, especially since there may be no ML-ready position players of any note who will be able step up in 2014.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Yet the Post will still post those “Keep em or Kill em” articles. I’d say “Who reads that shit?” but people will read anything under a dollar on a train ride.

          • I am not the droids you're looking for...(I believe that children are our future) says:

            Especially since a train ride is going to cost $2.50.

      • Neil says:

        Absolutely agree. Best statement made on this site in some time. Not only would those quick moves hurt the team the next year but sometimes for years to come.

      • Now Batting says:

        By brain trust you’re referring to the guys that inherited everything George built right?

        • Rich in NJ says:

          And, more recently, Gene Michael. Putting together a team around the core he assembled, with a huge payroll advantage, which is now being significantly reduced, was a lot easier than it will likely ever be again.

        • Steve (different one) says:

          You mean “Everything that was built while George was suspended from baseball” right? Almost the same thing.

    • Rey22 says:

      Player’s aren’t even free agents yet, and won’t be for at least a week. No rush.

  3. Preston says:

    At his age, with his mileage an elbow cleanup is a necessary and good thing.

  4. Rich in NJ says:

    It seemed like there was something wrong all season. Good that it’s apparently only this.

  5. Zack says:

    In a way..losing in the ALCS stopped us from losing in the World Series. As good as Kuroda and Pettite were,you need your number one guy to bring the trophy home.

  6. Steve (different one) says:

    This is almost the best possible outcome. If they found nothing, you’d be more worried about his troubles this year. And obviously of its major, that’s really bad. So, something small, fixable, and caught as early in the offseason as possible seems like a good outcome.

  7. MC says:

    Been waiting for this news all week. Out of all possible positions and players, resignings and such for this offseason, this was by far, this biggest question mark. I am very relieved to hear that this was a minor procedure we’ll have him ready for spring. Part of me, being the skeptic that I am, was pretty much expecting to read a headline on here or MLBTR that Sabathia would be undergoing TJ surgery next week.

  8. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Actually, I kind of feel better now.

    Incredible that he even had the kind of season (and playoffs!) that he had with that sort of injury.

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