CC you later: Sabathia opts for season-ending knee surgery

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Erstwhile Yankees ace CC Sabathia will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as he is set to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee next week, the Yankees announced this afternoon. On the bright side, Sabathia isn’t undergoing microfracture surgery yet, and the team is calling this procedure a “clean up.” But with a degenerative condition in his knee, it may be a matter of when, and not if, CC needs a more serious operation. Sabathia had consulted with four doctors — Neal ElAttrache, James Andrews, Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad, and Rangers team doctor Keith Meister — before making the decision. Although the Yanks and CC hope for a Spring Training return, the team and its lefty hurler are heading into a bit of an unknown with this latest surgery as the scope could lead to a more dire diagnosis.

For the Yankees, looking forward, this decision ultimately confirms what they had expected: They will get no more innings from Sabathia this year. With Masahiro Tanaka on the shelf indefinitely and Michael Pineda ever so slowly making his way back from shoulder inflammation, the team is thin on pitching right now and could use a lefty starter. Expect Brian Cashman to be working the phones over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, CC effectively has three years and $72 million remaining on his contract. Don’t think about it too much.

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  • Farewell Mo

    That should just about be a wrap for his career.

    I can’t recall a pitcher having microfracture knee surgery and coming back. In basketball and football, that’s more often than not career ending.

    • OldYanksFan

      Do you know of any other MLB Pitchers who have had this type of surgery?

      • Benjamin Kabak

        To be clear, CC is not getting microfracture surgery. This is a scope/debridement. It’s still not great news but it could be much worse.

        • Yes, Mr. Jeter

          Good knee, bad knee. His arm is humpin’ the ball up at 88. Knee surgery won’t help that.

          • Rick

            Actually, it would. Especially with it being his right leg, which is his push off leg. That absolutely has bearing on your overall velo.

            • jgibs

              Isn’t the left leg the push off leg for a left handed pitcher?

              • dalelama

                Nice call of bullshit.

    • CS Yankee

      Can’t they just order a peg-leg for the big lefty as he resides in the AL?

    • JKK

      CC should just call it a career and retire. He will still collect every dollar from the combination of Insurance and Yanks according to Buster Oley. This can free $25MM on payroll for Yanks going forward. Better for the Yanks.

    • dalelama

      The Dale’s ability to predict the future is spooky.

  • vicki

    what, no apology?

    • nyy13

      Apology??? HAHAHAhA….

      All the way to the bank with $72 million and without pitching a single game…


    • Stratocaster

      First draft was rejected… not sorry enough. Tanaka is doing the re-write.

  • Yeayo

    MLB news is saying it’s microfracture surgery.

    • CashmanNinja

      I think MLB news is wrong because I’ve seen at least 3 different sources state that it’s a surgery to clean things up (a debridgement procedure, not microfracture). Either way it still sucks, but it isn’t surprising.

  • nyy13

    Well a overweight pitcher with a lot of innings pitched in his career, why not sign him up and give him a contract extension!!Oh wait that was cashman did!

    Cashman is a genius!

    • Yes, Mr. Jeter


    • Vinnie

      This “Oh wait” routine is so lame.

    • Matt DiBari

      These things happen. Its silly to try to assign blame for something that wasn’t a bad idea at the time.

      • trr

        It WAS a bad idea at the time; I guess the thinking was, “well, we’ll deal with the downside someday…”
        Someday is today…

  • Dc1874

    Don’t worry the Yanks will still have $3,928,000.000 dollars left when CC ends his contract

  • James

    Any chance the yankees have sabathias contract insured for a certain percentage? Similar to how they allegedly have ARods?

    • trr

      Sure, but he’d have to be medically unfit to pitch and they’d have to release him first.

      • AndrewYF

        No they wouldn’t. They likely have several tiers of insurance. They take the payroll hit full on, but trust me, they are not hurting from this financially.

        • trr

          A billion dollar entity like this one isn’t hurting too much from almost any expense. In the end, it becomes a matter of how and when to move him off the roster. We’ll start dancing that same dance with A-rod next year.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Well that’s a shame. I was looking forward to his replacement-level performance sparking this team to a 2nd half run

  • OldYanksFan

    I don’t know the difference, but it is NOT microfracture knee surgery.

    “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'”

  • Lehman College Rocks !!

    Please mr cashman, do good trades for us !

  • mustang

    Nice way to start the second half.


  • Ahr Mon

    “Expect Brian Cashman to be working the phones over the next few weeks”

    I’d like to think he’s trading vets and hoarding young talent, but…yeah. That’s not happening.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Forward thinking? Forget it.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        All the people who want the Yankees to sell…which pieces are you referring to that we should sell?

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Forward thinking does not equal selling. It could mean not buying, however.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Well, the comment you responded to seemed to indicate that Cashman should be trading vets.

    • mustang

      “I’d like to think he’s trading vets and hoarding young talent….”

      List who there trading and what you think they get or shut up.

      • mustang

        All while keeping the $2.5 billion dollar ship floating!

        Love when people throw out simple statements to complex problems.

    • Matt DiBari

      Meh. I can’t get too excited over selling and stockpiling the disappointments of the future either.

    • patvendittesleftarm

      What veterans would you like to see Cashman trade? Gardner is the only position player with a movable contract that would bring back anything substantial. In terms of pitchers, you could get a B-level prospect for Robertson or Kuroda (not going to get much for pure rentals). Betances? Do you really want to sell him?

  • Lehman College Rocks !!

    have good surgery success CC !!

  • Lehman College Rocks !!

    CC, this sound the best:

    Maggot therapy

    In maggot therapy, a number of small maggots are introduced to a wound in order to consume necrotic tissue, and do so far more precisely than is possible in a normal surgical operation. Larvae of the green bottle fly are used, which primarily feed on the necrotic (dead) tissue of the living host without attacking living tissue. Maggots can debride a wound in a day or two. The maggots derive nutrients through a process known as “extracorporeal digestion” by secreting a broad spectrum of proteolytic enzymes that liquefy necrotic tissue, and absorb the semi-liquid result within a few days. In an optimum wound environment maggots molt twice, increasing in length from 1–2 mm to 8–10 mm, and in girth, within a period of 3–4 days by ingesting necrotic tissue, leaving a clean wound free of necrotic tissue when they are removed. When they stay longer or too many are used, healthy tissue is removed as well.

  • hornblower

    The purpose of the surgery is to get another year out of the contract before hanging it up. The Yanks and CC know he will never pitch again but another year on the DL will give CC his money and the Yanks insurance a kick in for 2015.

  • willie w

    General manager Brian Cashman announced Friday that Sabathia will undergo arthroscopic debridement on July 23, not the dreaded microfracture surgery the Yankees had feared he would need. Microfracture surgery might have threatened Sabathia’s career, but assuming it’s effective, the arthroscopic procedure should allow him to come back in 2015.

    “It’s not microfracture surgery, but he’ll get it cleaned up,” Cashman said. “Hopefully next year will be a different story.”

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Doesn’t rhyme.

    • The Great Gonzo

      CC has a bad knee.

      Wonder if it hurts when he goes pee.

      Cashman failed for re-signing fatty.

      Maybe we can trade his corpse to Cincinnati.

  • Up River, No Paddle

    Get well CC.

    I know lots of fans are already giddily planning your retirement press conference, but I think he can still be effective, even with less stuff. He showed flashes of it (One bad inning!), so I’m optimistic CC can be decent going forward.

    • trr

      I wish I shared your optimism, Paddle…

  • md

    I’d rather he go for the microfracture. And I’d rather Tanaka get TJ now. Bite the bullet. When a player ‘might need’ some procedure, he usually needs it. A different approach just winds up wasting more time. Anyone can win a short series, but this team doesn’t seemed poised for a Cinderella run to the top this year or next.

  • forensic

    It’s almost too bad it’s not a left shoulder injury. At least then they’d have a chance to get out of the 2017 option.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Talk about weeping and gnashing of teeth, jeez.

    Not to mention the “I’ve been saying…” or “I said at the time…” shtick.

  • Algernon blackwood

    C C you next year

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Thank you for 2009 CC and best wishes on a speedy recovery to help us get some more rings.