Following his latest rehab start at Class-AA Trenton in which he threw 55 pitches in 3.1 innings, Sabathia woke up on Thursday morning with swelling in the knee and had an MRI on it; the MRI confirmed that the knee has swelling in it and as Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reported after the Yankees 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins that the 33-year-old will go see Dr. James Andrews to evaluate his knee.
Mri on Sabathia's knee showed swelling, he will go see dr. Andrews to determine next steps "you dont want a setback like this."girardi said.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) July 4, 2014
Sabathia has been on the disabled list since May 11 with what started as knee inflammation but turned into a degenerative knee condition and needed stem cell treatment on it. The original course of action for rehab was six weeks, which put his return time shortly after the All Star Game, but now, that plan is out the window as he has been shut down indefinitely by the Yankees.
Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) July 4, 2014
Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.26 ERA at the time of landing on the disabled list back in May and now, his return to the Yankees this season could be in serious jeopardy, especially if Andrews thinks that he will need to have any kind of surgery on it to repair any kind of damage. If in fact the Yankees can't get Sabathia back, it not only puts the Yankees further in the market for a starting pitcher, but it could put them in the market for two starting pitchers at the trade deadline.
Ivan Nova is already out for the season with a torn ligament in his elbow and had Tommy John surgery back in April and Michael Pineda has been out since late April with a back injury and is slated to return sometime in August, although it's not guaranteed that he will be back. If the Yankees can't get either Pineda or Sabathia back for this season, the Yankees will have no choice but to make not one, but two deals for starting pitching help.
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