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CC Sabathia to have season-ending surgery on Tuesday

Jul 18, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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Welp, that’s that: The Yankees have announced that CC Sabathia will have season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery on July 23. It is not micro-fracture surgery, as many were speculating he needed, but is more of a procedure to clean out his right knee.

Sabathia, who started the season in The Best Shape of His Life, was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts this season. He hasn’t pitched since May. He is being paid $23 million this season and is owed at least another $23 million in 2015 and $25 million in 2016, plus a $5 million buyout of a vesting 2018 option

  1. jfk69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Always put up the insurance money when the dealer has an ace.
    Another tip from the Geico lizard

    • mazblast - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Sure, always make a bet that pays 2-1 when the true odds are 2.25-1. Casinos love guys like you.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Not to wish Sabathia personally any ill will, but, all you numnuts Yankee fans who have been talking about him being in the lineup sometime later this season, and thus, how you’re still in contention?

      Bite me.

      You Yankee numnuts who have talked about him being a key part of the rotation next year, when he may not be in the rotation at all?

      Bite me.

      It’s called coffee. Wake up and smell it, as you take off the rose-colored glasses.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I knew he was owed a lot of money but not that much. Wow.

    • boogerhill - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      That buys alot of Big Macs. What do you expect? Carrying all that fat for years takes a toll on the knees!

  3. jfk69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Calling the Phillies on Hammels and Lee as I type. Donna…Where is that insurance policy?

  4. jfk69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Here is thought.
    If you tale into account the money Arod is not being paid. And assuming all these season ending contracts are covered by insurance. The Yankees have the highest payroll being paid by insurance and suspension money. It looks larger than The A’s season payroll. And we still have half a season to go.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      If insurance companies are on the hook for large portions of the salaries of pitchers out due to injury, it won’t take them long to force the technologically recalcitrant people in baseball to adopt scientific data driven injury prevention – player evaluation methodologies. They’ll simply tell the general mangers either you do it or we won’t write the policies without sky high premiums. Those bean counters won’t care for one second what the wise old men of baseball feel in their gut must be true.

      could be a silver lining

      • missingdiz - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Hmm, maybe. But in this case, I don’t think much science was needed. Just the datum that a massively overweight man was landing very hard on his right foot and impacting his right knee with every pitch. Knees are knees, athletes (although CC fits the bill, as Kruk said of himself, as “not an athlete, but a professional baseball player”) don’t have special knees.

  5. tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Maybe ARod was right about the Yankees’ medical staff. Dude’s been on the DL for two months. Every few weeks Girardi says “this might take a while…” Now he’s getting his knee cleaned up. Do that in May and he’d be almost ready now.

    • jfk69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      The Yankees err on the side of caution. That being said. If you are injured and your doctor tells you that next week he will schedule you for surgery and don’t worry about. He has done this hundreds of times.
      You can bet I will be getting a second perhaps a third opinion on my options. And my boss has no impact or say in what I decide. Not so much in sports where your career can end on an injury.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      That’s no worse than the Cards with some of their pitchers.

  6. bigyankeemike - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    The option will automatically vest because the contract states that only reason it CAN’T vest is due to an injury to his left arm or shoulder.

  7. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    No worries: just pass the costs onto the consumer! Sarcasm regrettable.

  8. trbmb - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    When your General Manager’s entire team building strategy revolves around high cost long term contracts, what happened here is further example of a high risk plan that can be extremely damaging. The possibility is here that at least A Rodriguez and C Sabathia will be drawing extremely high salaries for the next 2-3 years and returning no value. But, that’s the risk in having a GM with no other team building strategy or capability. I might also suspect that the GM is non-functional within the vast majority of all other teams in MLB. After all, all he is is a Cashboy.

  9. philliesblow - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    CC – gets “in shape”, gets hurt
    Prince – gets “in shape”, gets hurt
    Kung Fu Panda – gets “in shape”, not hurt but stats aren’t as good as the last 3 years.

    Moral of the story: Round is a shape, too. Some guys are just better players in their natural state.

    • boogerhill - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      If you call Prince at 5’11’ “down to 260″ in shape, it has to be pear shape! Blob blob blobathia!

    • boogerhill - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      tons of fun!!!

  10. drewzducks - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    “Not one bad contract, not two, not three…”

  11. campcouch - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Parents, let your boys play baseball. $76 million dollars in 3 years. One of which is only a partial season of game play. That’s incredible.

  12. theskinsman - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    I wish the best for CC. And I hope that the Yanks give him a big extension.

  13. chiadam - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    There’s $76 million wasted by the Yankees. I keep thinking teams will see things like this and stop handing out absurd deals to veteran players, and I keep being proven wrong. I know you can’t initiate a market correction overnight, but no one is even trying (other than the Cubs holding to their guns on Samardzija).

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