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Yankees likely won’t get CC Sabathia back when he is eligible on May 26

May 17, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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On Wednesday, we learned that Yankees starter CC Sabathia was dealing with “degenerative changes” in his right knee. The lefty received a cortisone shot with stem cells and the Yankees didn’t offer a timetable for his return.

From the sound of it, though, the Yankees are unlikely to get him back when he is eligible to come off of the disabled list on May 26,’s Spencer Fordin reports. Manager Joe Girardi said he would be “kind of shocked” if Sabathia returned on the 26th.

“There’s not a lot of history on this, but because they want the procedure to be as successful as possible, he’s on crutches,” Girardi said. “It’s not because the knee is sore. They just don’t want any weight on it. My guess is we’ll evaluate him Monday or Tuesday … and then we’ll go from there.”

Sabathia has a 5.28 ERA with a 48/10 K/BB ratio over eight starts spanning 46 innings. The 33-year-old was hoping to bounce back from a rough 2013 campaign, but things have become even tougher for him.

  1. 1998yanks - May 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    It’s not like he was helping the team anyway.

  2. pisano - May 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I really don’t think they’ll miss that 5+ era all that much.

    • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      The other teams will certainly miss him. I hope he gets well soon.

  3. theskinsman - May 18, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    Yanks put an insane amount of innings on him for years, he’s been very lucky not to break down before this.

  4. 1998yanks - May 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    It wasn’t just the Yankees that put all of those innings in him. Besides, Like most pitchers, he told coaches and managers he was still good to go, even though he probably had nothing more in the tank.

  5. banger60 - May 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    It was only a matter of time.

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