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UPDATE: CC Sabathia had a setback with his knee; will see Dr. James Andrews

Jul 3, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said following tonight’s game that the MRI showed swelling in Sabathia’s knee. A visit to Dr. James Andrews will determine the next step.

6:42 p.m. ET: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia struggled in his second minor league rehab start yesterday and now he has suffered a setback with his right knee.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier this evening that Sabathia will go for another MRI after he experienced renewed swelling in his knee. His rehab is on hold pending the results.

Sabathia last pitched in a major league game on May 10. “Degenerative changes” were soon found in his knee, so he received a stem cell injection in an effort to help the recovery process. The Yankees were hoping that his recent progress would put him on track to return around midseason, but that scenario obviously appears in doubt right now.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    He lost all that weight and went from Dumbo to Dunzo.

    • argofckyourself - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Don’t quit your day job, Jerry Seinfeld.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        1992 called and wants it’s jokes back.

        (And if 1997 calls tell him I got his message. I just don’t care.)

      • argofckyourself - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        Oh yeah? Well, the jerk store called, and it’s running outta you

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        What difference does it make?

        You’re their all time best seller.

  2. chc4 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Sabathia, McCann, Texeira, ARoid, Beltran. I suspect Ellsbury will follow suit. One day maybe the Yankees will realize the benefits of developing their own talent. Instead of giving out huge money to other teams has-beens.

    • ptfu - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      “other teams has-beens”? What the hell are you talking about? CC, Teix, ARod, and Ellsbury all put up good-to-great seasons immediately before joining the Yankees, and all of them previously had several other excellent seasons. And McCann & Beltran played decently in 2013. At any rate, CC, Teix, & ARod have all been on the team for a while, they’re long-term Yankees who are getting older.

      Calling Sabathia, McCann, Texeira, ARod, and Ellsbury “other teams has-beens” is insane. Beltran’s the only one who might fit that description, and he’s been counted out before…

      • chc4 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        I’ll give you CC since he had several good years in NY. But that second contract he got is an albatross. And McCann completely fits the description. He is on the downslide. With his body type he is only going to get worse.

        The Yanks got how money productive years out of Teix? 2 out of 8 isn’t a good ratio. And yes I think we can assume he isn’t going to become a great player again unless he sees Anthony Bosch.

        How many more years is ARod under contract for?

        We’ll see on Ellsbury. He hasn’t exactly lit it up this season.

        Point is the Yanks MO is loooong contracts and huge money for aging players. That’s not the most efficient way to win a title. You just need to look at the last few years.

    • carpi2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      I wouldn’t necessarily Elsbury is having a bad year. Is his production befitting of his contract, no.

      However, he’s actually on pace to put up similar numbers as he did last year, so one can argue The Yanks are getting exactly what they paid for. The Yankees love overpaying for players, it’s what they do. Next year, they probably will hand another free agent a gruesomely, huge contract. Let them conduct business as they see fit.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    This is definitely not good news for the Yankees and their fans. I still think that they will make a run at Lester in the offseason.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Well, they’re sure as hell not in a position to make a run at anybody by trade this season. Or to make a run at the postseason. Girardi’s magic is already starting to wear out.

    • clydeserra - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      cc’s not running anywhere

  4. genericcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Obviously, he needs TJ surgery to take pressure off the knee.

  5. sjtorpitt - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Buckfutter – 3
    Argo – 1

    • bronxbomber213 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      how’s he taste because your sucking him right now……

  6. baseballisboring - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    I’m not a doctor but “degenerative changes” does not sound good…

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Well, it’s lucky that with his degenerative issue that the Yanks only have $73 million to pay him over the next three seasons…

      The 2017 yr is protected for the Yanks if CC has a shoulder injury…

      Since the knee is not connected to the shoulder, CC gets to welcome the Brinks truck to his house every other week in 2017.

  7. trbmb - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    And Cash man remains to continue delivering high cash to suspects, meanwhile internally developing absolutely virtually nothing. His contract runs out after this season, after 17 years it is time for little Cash boy to cash it in and go try his luck as a GM for a team with limited cash. Given his only skill is cash based, his prospects are not good.

    • carpi2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Necessity is the mother of innovation! You never know how Cashman will operate when dealing with limited resources.

  8. 1998yanks - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I think they have learned from their mistakes. Why do you think they didn’t re-sign Cano to a long 10 yr contract? They also didn’t re-sign Granderson. The Angels, Tigers, and Mariners are the ones that are still giving 10 yr deals.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I gave you a thumbs up and mostly agree. However, I think the Ellsbury deal was an overpay, evaluating it at the time it was made. You know what they say about hindsight- the McCann and Beltran deals might not pan out well, but I thought they were worth doing and reasonable at the time. For the most part they’ve been letting people walk the past 3 years or so (you could add Martin and Swisher, among others). They can’t go back and undo deals form 2007 or 2008, and honestly -since they won in 2009- they might not even regret those deals in hindsight.

  9. mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    You can’t fool the fat man–but you can knock his legs out from under him.

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