In what became inevitable news, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman announced today that CC Sabathia will miss the rest of the 2014 season.
Sabathia will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on July 23rd, and the Yankees hope he is ready to return by the beginning of next season.
The original thought was that Sabathia would have to undergo micro-fracture surgery, a significantly more serious procedure that is a lot more difficult to come back from.
Cashman: Sabathia to undergo season-ending surgery on right knee July 23. Not the micro fracture surgery, but a “cleanup” procedure
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 18, 2014
The fact that he’s having arthroscopic surgery is a break for the Yankees in terms of Sabathia’s chances at a full recovery.
Sabathia joins Ivan Nova as Yankee starting pitchers who are out for the season. Masahiro Tanaka is currently on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, and Michael Pineda is still out with a shoulder injury.
It is unclear if Pineda will return this season.