The Yankees received some bad news on injured pitcher C.C. Sabathia which won’t fill manager Joe Girardi with confidence for his star man.
The lefty has degenerative changes in his knee, where the knee cartilage is breaking down inside the kneecap. Although the knee is stable, the injury will be a permanent worry for the 33-year-old for the rest of his MLB career.
General Manager of the Yankees Brain Cashman spoke to the New York Post, saying: “He is going to receive an injection of cortisone and stem cell to try and deal with this. That’s the protocol when you see degenerative.”
The pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list last weekend after struggling with pain in his right knee. Sabathia had a consultation with Dr James Andrews on Tuesday when he was given the news.
Cashman added: “We have current players and past players that have dealt with this.” But the GM failed to say whether he thought Sabathia would be able to recover.
Sabathia, who signed for the Yankees in 2009, got off to a tremendous start in New York, helping the Yankees to win the World Series in his first year along with winning MVP during the American League Champions Series against the Los Angeles Angels.
However, this season Sabathia has struggled to replicate his strong form with a 5.28 ERA after eight starts with a 3-4 record. His dip in form could be down to the injury which would have built up over a number of weeks before it caused serious problems.
The 33-year-old still has another 19 months left on his current contract with the Yankees but if the injury causes long-term problems for the pitcher his days at Yankee Stadium could be numbered.
The Yankees currently trail the Mets 2-1 in the four-game Subway Series and have the chance to level the series tonight at Citi Field.
If the Yankees were to level the series it would mean each side would have won both clashes at each others grounds, after the Mets took both games at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday.
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