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Did New York Yankees Know About CC Sabathia’s Knee Before 2014 Season?

July 6th, 2014 at 5:11 PM
By Michael Moraitis

CC Sabathia's 2014 season has been cut short due to an injury that nobody saw coming… Or did they?

The New York Yankees will be without their high-paid pitcher for the rest of this season after he had another setback in his rehab from a knee injury. Sabathia has seen the knee fill up with fluid twice in three months, with the first time leading to the discovery of his degenerative knee condition.

Not only is his season finished, but Sabathia's career is now in jeopardy. He may require microfractuce surgery that could mean the beginning of the end of the 33-year-old's career.

The past few seasons have seen an emphasis on losing weight for Sabathia.

In fact, coming into 2014 USA Today's Nick Schwartz did a piece on Sabathia with the title, "CC Sabathia has lost an astonishing amount of weight."

In that piece, it describes how Sabathia was over 300 pounds back in 2010 when he went 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA, and then slimmed down to about 270 before the start of the 2014 campaign.

Sabathia's reasons for doing so were long-term health related, but some scouts blamed his weight loss for his poor showing in 2013. Whatever the case may be, it's a bit coincidental that Sabathia was trying to lose weight before we all discovered his knee problems.

Could it be the Yankees knew about Sabathia's condition and with some pushing from the organization, the 33-year-old was forced to diet in order to preserve his career moving forward?

It would make sense for the Yanks to hide such sensitive information. After all, releasing it to the media too early would have caused an all-out panic and New York would've likely preferred to wait to do such a thing until it was certain his knee wasn't improving.

Whether that was the reason for him to slim down or not, it didn't work for Sabathia. All the years and innings on his arm and knees has apparently finally caught up to him, namely in his knee that has helped push a 300-pound frame for over a decade.

We won't know for certain if Sabathia's knee was a secret the Yankees kept the past few seasons, but the timing of his determination to lose weight followed by a potential career-ending injury is too perfect to ignore.

Tags: Baseball, CC Sabathia, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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