The Yankees took victory 4-3 last night against Cincinnati Reds but celebrations were muted after it was revealed C.C. Sabathia will be ruled out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
The left-handed pitcher requires surgery on his right knee which has plagued Sabathia all season and limited him to just eight starts.
Sabathia has opted for surgery and is expected to regain full fitness before 2015 Spring Training.
The 34-year-old’s last appearance for the Yankees was way back on May 10, when Sabathia tossed 5 1/3 innings and conceded a single run.
It was clear then the injury was affecting the pitcher’s action and as a result he was leaking runs with his highest ERA (5.28) since he turned professional in 2001.
The pitcher has chosen Dr Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team surgeon, to perform a arthroscopic debridement surgery on Wednesday.
When the original injury had been diagnosed by an MRI scan, Sabathia originally wanted to avoid the surgery option and went through rehab with the help of stem cell injections.
But it proved unsuccessful as the pitcher was still complaining of knee discomfort after a Minor League appearance for Double-A outfit Trenton on July 2.
Sabathia joins three other starting pitchers out injured which has left the Yankees bullpen looking remarkably bare.
Ivan Nova was ruled out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late April, and Nova and Sabathia pitched eight of the nine innings in the Yankees opener this season.
Michael Pineda is out with a right shoulder injury and is expected back next month while Masahiro Tanaka is two weeks through a six-week rehabilitation programme after partially tearing his UCL in his right elbow.
“It’s extremely unfortunate. The big things is that we get him back healthy. Hopefully, this surgery takes care of it and next year he gets his 32 starts.”
Sabathia signed for the Yankees in December 2008 and won the 2009 World Series in his first season in the Bronx.
The pitcher is currently in his third year of a five-year, $122 million extension which was sealed in 2011.
The pitcher has never suffered a serious injury in his whole MLB career, consistently making 30+ starting pitcher appearances in the majority of seasons.