Just two rehabs starts into his return to the big leagues, CC Sabathia was shut down by the Yankees on Thursday after waking his with fluids in his knee following a start with Double-A Trenton on Wednesday night. Sabathia was sent for an MRI on Thursday, which didn’t show any structural damage in the knee.
When asked on Friday is we would see Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees this season, the pinstripes’ skipper said that it’s “probably fair to say” he won’t be pitching against in 2014.
The Yankees don’t yet know if there is any structural damage in his knee, but Sabathia will visit Dr. James Andrews to determine the next step.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Friday that “there continues to be a possibility” that Sabathia will require microfracture surgery on his right knee, which would put his pitching future very much in question.
If Sabathia really is done for the season, then we can finish this off by sharing his stats from the only eight games he started this seas before going on the DL on May 11. He was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings.
Sabathia is guaranteed $23 million this year and next with the salary going to $25 million in 2016. There is a $25 million vesting option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout. If Sabathia is unable to finish out the rest of his contract because of the injury, maybe the Yankees will be able to recoup some of that money.
We shall see.