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CC Sabathia is at least six weeks from rejoining the Yankees

Jun 18, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

CC Sabathia AP

Initially when CC Sabathia underwent stem cell treatment for chronic knee problems the Yankees said he’d be out at least six weeks, but now it’s four weeks later and manager Joe Girardi says the left-hander will probably be out for at least another six weeks.

Girardi has been pessimistic/realistic about Sabathia’s status all along, suggesting back in May that it’s possible he may not pitch again this season. Sabathia advanced to throwing 25 pitches off a mound Monday, but because he needs to build back his arm strength while also being limited by the knee issues the return timetable remains a long one.

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that Sabathia “is hoping to beat that estimate.” Naturally. Six weeks from now would be early August, so Sabathia’s return could be sort of like a trade deadline pickup for the Yankees, but obviously no one knows what to expect from him at this point and there’s an awful lot of room for setbacks before than can even be a possibility.

Masahiro Tanaka continue to be lights out in rookie season


  1. Rich Stowe - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    if he doesn’t come back till August, but comes back in better shape and condition than before, he would be a huge boost to the final push towards to the post-season and in the post-season

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      What is the possibility that he will come back in better shape? Can’t imagine that he would do much running with a bad knee. Another problem is the velocity decline we saw early in the season. That problem may not improve either.

      • Rich Stowe - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        I’m not expecting him to come back in better shape though….CC was a much better pitcher when he weighed 300+ pounds – injuries and loss of velocity wasn’t a problem till he lost weight

      • tuberippin - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        “injuries and loss of velocity wasn’t a problem till he lost weight”

        Pretty sure being heavily overweight has no bearing on an increase in the speed of your pitches. It was primarily fat, not primarily muscle.

  2. sdelmonte - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Cashman is insisting he won’t make a trade for pitching. Given the sparse farm system, and the strong bullpen, and the surprising quality of the starters not named Tanaka, he shouldn’t make that a priority.

    But I don’t believe for a second that he isn’t looking. If this weak hitting team somehow gets to the playoffs, arms and not bats might be the different.

  3. jfk69 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The question is what are you getting when he comes back? Last year his numbers were as bad,if not worse than Hughes. This year they are worse. They now have another ARod contract albatross to deal with. One bad degenerative knee does not portend well for the other going forward. Just a matter of time. It is not an injury. But a chronic condition.

    • jfk69 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Here is thought. When the Yankees extended his contract I am sure it is insured. The problem is who ran the medical tests. Degenerative knee conditions don’t happen over night. This is usually what the Mets deal with on a regular basis for team and signee’s. Are the Yankee’s team doctors now on par with the Mets?
      Are the M

  4. jfk69 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I have my answer.
    Apparently the Met’s team doctors are moonlighting as Yankee team doctors.

  5. SBoy - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    “so Sabathia’s return could be sort of like a trade deadline pickup for the Yankees” … This would be true If it was prior to 2010… now depending on well the fill ins are doing when CC is ready, he may not have a guaranteed spot in the rotation.

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