CC Sabathia, left-handed pitcher for the Yankees, is scheduled to have knee surgery sometime next week, according to Brian Cashman. This was announced during the general manager’s season-ending news conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Cashman said the unspecified problem has been pending toward the end of a season. Sabathia finished with a 9-12 record and a 3.91 ERA in 30 starts. He also explained that though he doesn’t know the specifics, it is a routine clean up surgery and is not considered to be serious. CC has already had surgery on the same knee, ending his 2014 season after eight starts. He’s been pitching with a brace on that knee since the end of the ’15 season.
Sabathia’s contract option for 2017 is worth $25 million vested at the end of the season when he didn’t finish on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow after the ’12 season, but he has never had a problem with his shoulder.
Sabathia, 36, is expected to again be in the Yankees’ rotation next season, along with Tanaka and Pineda.
Sabathia finished the season with a flourish, allowing just a single run in three of his last four starts. In his final start this past Thursday against the Red Sox, he went 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight and earned the decision in a 5-1 win. Sabathia’s 223 wins are second among active pitchers behind Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, who has 233.
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