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CC Sabathia says he’s “a little” concerned about his left elbow

Oct 20, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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While CC Sabathia refuses to blame his left elbow for his poor performance in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Tigers on Thursday, he told George A. King of the New York Post today that he’s a little concerned about his upcoming visit to Dr. James Andrews.

“A little bit,” the Yankees ace said Saturday regarding his level of worry. “It’s something I never felt before. … I’ve never had a problem with the elbow.”

Sabathia had a brief stint on the disabled list in August due to elbow soreness, but he was very effective upon his return, posting a 2.93 ERA over his final eight starts during the regular season. The southpaw allowed three runs over 17 2/3 innings during two starts in the ALDS against the Orioles until his clunker on Thursday.

An MRI in August ruled out any structural damage in the elbow while Sabathia maintains that his elbow didn’t affect him during games and was only an issue between starts. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told David Lennon of the New York Daily News today that Sabathia will see Dr. Andrews “in about 10 days,” so we should get an answer on his status soon.

Sabathia tossed exactly 200 innings this season, his sixth consecutive 200-inning campaign and the seventh of his 12-year major league career. The 32-year-old southpaw is under contract for at least another four years and $99 million.

UPDATE: Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told by a source that Sabathia probably just needs a bone spur cleaned out of his elbow. He’s not expected to have any ligament damage, so it’s not considered serious. As of now, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for the 2013 season.

  1. alexo0 - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    CC, meet TJ…

    • protius - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Alexo, meet pendejo.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    This ought to be good…

  3. hojo20 - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    See you in 2014, C.C.

  4. aklolzer - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Torn acl

    • fantasymoney - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      The acl is in the knee.

  5. yahmule - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I’m hoping for the best. Whatever health issues he’s facing, there’s little doubt CC pitched through injury for much of the season. The guy is the definition of the word ace.

    • protius - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      I’d like it much better if CC lost another 20 or 25 lbs.

      He can’t keep toting around 290lbs. and not think that it’s not going to affect his ability to pitch over the long term.

      Three months of P90X wouldn’t hurt him, Pineda, Chamberlain, et al.

      • professor30 - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM

        290 really? my guess is around 320 – 325.

      • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        The Yankees public relations people say his weight is down from last year. Last year he admitted to 300lbs. This year, in person, he looked slimmer then he did when I saw him last year, and the public relations folks said that he had lost 10lbs. Keep in mind that he’s 6′ 8″ tall; he is a big man.

  6. sidelineshot - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    The Yankees are going to have a busy winter.

  7. aceshigh11 - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I like C.C. Seems like a nice guy and is one helluva workhorse of a pitcher.

    Although I gotta say it’s nice to see the Sox aren’t the only team stocked to the gills with aging prima donnas and bloated salaries.

    I’m sure the rest of MLB is laughing their asses off at our collective plights.

    Hey, at least the Yankees made it to the ALCS before collapsing. The Sox collapsed Opening Day.

    • protius - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM


      Keep your chin up my friend. It may take one, two, or even three seasons, but the Red Sox will be back. And we will once again enjoy the greatest rivalry in professional sports.

  8. atfinch1984 - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    This guy is fat. Maybe when he has Tommy John surgery, he won’t be able to use a fork as well and someone else can eat for awhile.

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM


      You are just so clever and charming. You must be the envy of all the other kids in sixth grade.

  9. bigharold - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I get it, .. the Yankees are fair game.

    But, keep in mind that Sabathia has been EVERYTHING they have asked for, on the field, in the clubhouse.. and more.

    The guy is a team first, .. highly productive model citizen. Like Mussina before him, has been worth everything Yankees have given him. So even Yankee haters really can’t beef about anything of substance.

    If the MLB fans in general want to piss on the Yankees, .. well OK, .. it comes with the territory and they can take it. But, to single out an exemplary player to rant about and suggest or imply his potential injury status, .. well that says more about the poster than Sabathia.

    Go ahead, .. pile on, .. the Yankees and their fans can take it. See you next year!!!

    • mickeylolich1968 - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      Good points. Look at what Sabathia did for Milwaukee. He pitched every fourth day for half a season, just like an old time, big fat, Mickety Lolich!
      Carrying the Brewers to the post season, now that was heavy lifting.

  10. atfinch1984 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    CC Sabathia is not “a little” anything. Stupid headline.

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      What will you do next finch? Ask him: How’s the air up there, or call him stretch?

      We already know that CC Sabathia is a big, tall man. Is there anything interesting that you can bring to the conversation about him, other than adolescent and irrelevant observations?

  11. clownsfan - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Cashman needs to get CC some help. Whether they trade for it, call it up or sign it. CC this guy has been the only bright spot on this old, overpaid collection of turds.

  12. serbingood - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    CC being a “little concerned” about his left elbow is like The Hindenburg being a “little concerned” about static electricity.

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