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CC Sabathia out until “at least July” after stem-cell injection

May 19, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said today that CC Sabathia‘s return from the disabled list “will be no sooner than six weeks from now” after the left-hander received a stem-cell injection in his injured knee from Dr. James Andrews.

That means Sabathia will definitely be out until at least July and probably means he won’t pitch again until after the All-Star break.

Here’s exactly what Cashman said, via Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

Our dialogue with Andrews has been good and the small sample of stem cell procedures, the results are very successful. But he has to be pain free before strengthening, so there is a way to go. Because he is a starter it will take longer. I have no idea how long it will be and if it will be successful. We are hoping it is six weeks to a major league return.

“I have no idea how long it will be and if it will be successful” doesn’t sound very promising and suggests Sabathia might be out a whole lot longer than six weeks.

Sabathia has a 4.87 ERA in 40 starts since the beginning of last season and is still owed $23 million this season, $23 million next season, and $25 million in 2016, plus a potential $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.

  1. sdelmonte - May 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hands Brian Cashman his old buddy Theo’s cellphone number and whispers “Jeff Samardzija” in his ear. Not that I would say the Yanks can put together the sort of package Theo should be demanding.

    • Kevin S. - May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      And what kind of package should Theo be demanding for a starter a year and a half from FA who has put up exactly one year of above-average performance in the rotation?

      • number42is1 - May 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Also because it worked out so well for the Rangers and Sox 2 seasons ago….can’t even remember the pitchers name right now.. THAT is how good he was(n’t)

      • TheMorningStar - May 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Thank you for being rational. Not too many Yankee fans can be called that unfortunately.

      • Kevin S. - May 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        I’m not saying that Cashman shouldn’t check in and see what the price is. I think there’s a decent chance Samardzija will continue to be a reasonably good starter for the next year and a half, even with a league change, but there’s a lot of uncertainty for a guy who doesn’t have a very long track record. Theo should not be demanding a James Shields-esque package, because he’s highly unlikely to get it.

  2. TheMorningStar - May 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    That’s a lotta salary sitting in the dugout.

    The fat CC didn’t have these issues.

    • genericcommenter - May 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Yeah, neither did the young one. He has 13 full seasons and close to 3000 innings, mostly good for 30-34 starts every season since 2001. Players break down at some point, even fat ones.

    • 18thstreet - May 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      I know what you’re getting at, but knee problems are endemic* in overweight people.

      * (a) I’m not a doctor and (b) I suspect I’m using the word wrong and (c) I’m not even sure I’m right that overweight people have more knee problems.

      It’s a real catch-220 kg.

      • 18thstreet - May 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Thumbs up if you like catch-220 kg, thumbs down if you think I should have gone with catch-122 kg instead. I’m feeling a lot of regret.

    • barrywhererufrom - May 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      That FAT CC gave him the knee..issue in the first place..If Grimace would appear again in the form of CC both KNEE’S would implode..

  3. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I hope he gets well soon. He seems like a decent person. I want to see him in the Yankee rotation.

    • happytwinsfan - May 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Yes he does seem like a nice person and I hope he’s back soon. I want to see him in the Tiger rotation.

  4. pisano - May 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    A lot of Yankee fans would also like to see him in the Tigers rotation, or for that matter any rotation except the Yankees.

  5. bmadormo - May 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Take whatever time is needed to get healthy. Maybe we can get a couple of good months this year

  6. bmadormo - May 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Get healthy CC we need u the last 2 months of the season

  7. sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    C.C. is a good guy and he’s pitched well for a long time…

    He took the ball 3 times in a row on only 3 days rest when he was pitching the Brewers to the playoffs all by himself several years ago…

    He did that knowing he wasn’t going to be resigning with the Brewers but he gave them everything he had, which was a LOT back then…

    It is NOT the players fault when teams place a mega contract down in front of them and WANT them to sign it.

    It’s impossible for a player to NOT sign it as it’s GUARANTEED money in pro baseball.

    I don’t blame C.C. He cares, he wants to be out there, pitches his heart out…

    All of us Monday morning G.M.’s KNEW it would be a bad contract for the Yanks on the back half of his deal and guess what? That’s where he’s at.

    he was NOT a league average pitcher last year, he was worse. His ERA+ was only 85, well below the league average of 100.

    The first 4 seasons of his time in NYC were very good and the team got their money’s worth.

    But last year, this season and I believe the next two seasons will be bad and the team won’t get their money’s worth…

    But the team put that contact (well both when he opted out and resigned) in front of him and wanted him to sign it.

    Albert Pujols’ contract will not be good at the end, Cano’s contract won’t be good at the end, Miggy’s new contract won’t be good at the end either…

    C.C. supposedly does things quietly for others and I hope he keeps doing things like that as there are many needy folks out there…

    I’m NOT a Yanks fan, but I’ve rooted for C.C. as I think he’s a good guy in MLB.

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