CC Sabathia's 2014 season has been declared officially over.
On Friday, just before the New York Yankees were set to resume the second-half of their season, general manager Brian Cashman announced that CC Sabathia will undergo season-ending knee surgery on the knee that has kept him out since the beginning of May, as Erik Boland of Newsday reported.
Cashman: Sabathia to undergo season-ending surgery on right knee July 23. Not the micro fracture surgery, but a "cleanup" procedure— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 18, 2014
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News added that it will be arthroscopic knee surgery and not microfracture surgery, which is positive news for his career as microfracture surgery likely would have ended his career, wheras arthroscopic surgery is just cleaning out the knee, but either way, it still ends his season.
Cashman said CC Sabathia will have arthroscopic knee surgery - not micro fracture - on July 23. His season his over.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 18, 2014
Sabathia went on the disabled list back on May 11 with what started out as knee inflammation but then developed into a degenerative knee condition which needed stem cell treatment and forced him into six weeks of rehab and putting his initial return at July.
However, after his second rehab start for the Class-AA Trenton Thunder on July 2, Sabathia woke up the next day with swelling in the knee and the team immediately shut down his progress indefinitely with no time-table for return. After meeting with several top surgeons in the country, their best diagnosis was for Sabathia to have the knee surgery.
The 33-year-old, just shy of his 34th birthday, was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA and struggled in his last three starts; the struggles were due to the knee bothering him and his final start on May 10 against the Milwaukee Brewers was the last one he made before finally reporting the pain in his knee to the team.
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