CC Sabathia's injured knee to keep him out until at least July
It's not really a surprise, but the Yankees say CC Sabathia's not going to see game action for at least six weeks.
Yankees lefty CC Sabathia is presently on the DL with an injured right knee -- "degenerative changes" to his knee, specifically. It's been anticipated that his absence would be a fairly lengthy one, and now that's exactly what GM Brian Cashman tells Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman writes:
Sabathia received a stem cell treatment injection in his inflamed right knee from Dr. James Andrews late last week. Cashman said the Yankees were informed that if the process works, it would be a minimum of six weeks. Which means the Yankees would be without the lefty until July.
Again, none of this is entirely unexpected, but that's still bad news for a Yankee rotation that has Michael Pineda on the DL and not long ago lost Ivan Nova for the season.
This year, Sabathia, age 33, has a 5.28 ERA after eight starts, but his K/BB ratio of 4.80 suggests improved command relative to recent history. Sabathia was below his usual standards in 2013; however, in 2012 Sabathia posted an ERA+ of 125 in 200 innings of work. He has 208 career wins to his credit. He's under contract with the Yankees through at least 2016, and his deal includes a vesting option for 2017.