Yankees' CC Sabathia to undergo season-ending knee surgery
As feared, veteran Yankees lefty CC Sabathia will require season-ending surgery on his inflamed right knee.
Veteran Yankees lefty CC Sabathia will undergo a clean-up surgery on his injured right knee and miss the remainder of the 2014 season, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweets. Sabathia has been sidelined since May 10.
While this isn't good news by any stretch, there is some consolation, as a more serious microfracture surgery was in play for Sabathia at one point. This clean-up procedure will give him a better chance of full recovery insofar as 2015 is concerned.
This season, Sabathia has a strong K/BB ratio of 48/10, but also sports a 5.28 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and the Yankees won just three of his eight starts. The follows up a season in which he led the majors in the earned runs allowed.
With Sabathia and Ivan Nova out for the season -- not to mention Masahiro Tanaka out several more weeks, at least, and Michael Pineda still down -- the current Yankees' starting rotation is Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, David Phelps and Chase Whitley.