Yankees’ CC Sabathia will have knee surgery

New York Yankees left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia will undergo surgery on his right knee, which will end his season, the team announced today in a press conference. Sabathia will have arthroscopic debridement surgery next week, as the team is hopeful that he will be ready to return to the team by spring training next February. Sabathia’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who is the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

CC Sabathia, 33, is avoiding micro-fracture surgery on his right knee, for now, which could end up ending his career. If the arthroscopic debridement surgery does not work, then the micro-fracture surgery might be an option.

Over the past two season, Sabathia has struggled. He has posted a 17-17 record with a 4.87 ERA. This season, he was 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA. In Sabathia’s first four seasons with the Yankees (2009-12), he went 68-32 with a 3.22 ERA. In his fourteen-year major league career, he is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA.

The Yankees have now lost eighty percent of their Opening Day rotation this season. Ivan Nova is out for the year after having Tommy John surgery. Michael Pineda has shoulder problems and hopes to be back in August. Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn UCL and is trying to rehab to avoid the same fate as Nova. All that they have left now is Hiroki Kuroda from the original staff.

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