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CC Sabathia | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 285
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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CC Sabathia underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.
The Yankees announced Thursday that the procedure went "as planned." Sabathia is aiming to be ready for the start of spring training next season, but that's not a certainty. He finished 2014 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 48/10 K/BB ratio in 46 innings (eight starts). The big left-hander is under contract through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017. Jul 24 - 9:50 AM

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CC Sabathia will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee on July 23.

The good news is that it's a debridgement procedure rather than a microfracture one, which would have put the left-hander's career in jeopardy. It's possible microfracture surgery will eventually be needed if the cleanup doesn't work, but obviously that's a last resort. Sabathia should be ready to go for spring training.
Jul 18 - 5:08 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the club expects to have a firm diagnosis on CC Sabathia (knee) by Friday.

Sabathia cancelled an appointment with Dr. James Andrews but saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Keith Meister as he sought second and third opinions on his ailing right knee. The worry is that he could require microfracture surgery, which would end his season and possibly put his career in doubt.
Jul 18 - 9:29 AM

CC Sabathia (knee) has postponed Monday's appointment with Dr. James Andrews and will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Keith Meister first.

The anticipation is that Sabathia probably needs microfracture surgery on his right knee, but he understandably wants as many opinions as possible before making a decision. If he does need an operation, obviously his season would be over.
Jul 11 - 5:22 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that it's "fair to say" CC Sabathia (knee) won't return this season.

Sabathia had a setback during his rehab assignment earlier this week and Girardi conceded that it's "always a possibility" the left-hander could need microfracture surgery on his right knee. The skipper also acknowledged that such a procedure could potentially threaten Sabathia's career. Sabathia underwent an MRI and is slated to visit with Dr. James Andrews on July 14 before a gameplan is mapped out.
Jul 4 - 12:47 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that "there continues to be a possibility" that CC Sabathia will require microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Olney notes that such a procedure would leave the big left-hander with "an uncertain pitching future." Sabathia underwent an MRI and is slated to visit with Dr. James Andrews after experiencing swelling in the knee following a rehab start Wednesday. More should be known about Sabathia's status sometime over the weekend, but his situation is sounding more ominous by the day.
Jul 4 - 10:17 AM

CC Sabathia will visit Dr. James Andrews to determine the next step after an MRI on his right knee showed swelling.

The Yankees haven't revealed yet whether Sabathia has any structural damage in his knee, but they don't seem encouraged. "You don't want a setback like this," manager Joe Girardi said. More will obviously be known about Sabathia's status after he visits with Dr. Andrews.
Jul 3 - 11:05 PM

CC Sabathia will undergo an MRI after experiencing swelling in his right knee Thursday following Wednesday's rehab appearance.

Even if the MRI comes back clean, Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Thursday that Sabathia would likely be shut down for a while. The big left-hander had been set to return immediately after the All-Star break, but obviously that won't happen now. A timetable for his return should be available after the MRI results come back.
Jul 3 - 5:28 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a rehab start at Double-A Trenton.

The good news is that he sat 90-91 mph with his fastball and at one point touched 94 mph. "The secondary pitches weren’t that good, but my fastball I felt was coming off pretty good," Sabathia said after the game. "I feel good health-wise, so I’ll be ready to go." He is likely to rejoin the Yankees' rotation after the All-Star break.
Jul 3 - 11:56 AM

Yankees transferred LHP CC Sabathia from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that doesn't affect Sabathia's timetable. He is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesday with Double-A Trenton and could rejoin the Yankees' starting rotation soon after the All-Star break.
Jul 1 - 4:10 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) will make his next minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Trenton.

It was previously announced that Sabathia would pitch on Thursday, but the Yankees are apparently moving him up a day. It's a little odd, as he just made his first rehab start on Saturday, so he'll be pitching on short-rest. Sabathia threw 37 pitches in his first rehab outing and is expected to progress to 50 in this one.
Jul 1 - 2:44 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) will make his next minor league rehab start Thursday with Double-A Trenton.

Sabathia allowed two runs and three hits over 2 1/3 innings Saturday in his first rehab start with High-A Tampa. The veteran southpaw will progress to 50 pitches on Thursday. Barring any setbacks, he's on pace to return around the All-Star break.
Jun 30 - 5:00 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) said that he "couldn't be happier" with how he felt physically during his first rehab start with High-A Tampa on Saturday.

"Definitely need to work on my secondary pitches," said Sabathia. "I couldn’t be happier with the way I felt physically out there. It feels good to be back out there competing. Hopefully I can get back in the big leagues pretty quick." Sabathia allowed two runs and three hits over 2 1/3 innings for Tampa and was sitting in the 87-89 mph range with his fastball. He could rejoin the Yankees' rotation around the All-Star break.
Jun 29 - 9:37 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that there's a chance CC Sabathia (knee) will return by the All-Star break.

Sabathia was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Saturday after getting through a 34-pitch simulated game Tuesday with no issues. The Yanks had been looking at late July as a timetable for the lefty, but it sounds like he could be back a little sooner. "It's good, he'll start again on Saturday," said Girardi. "Forty to 45 pitches. ... Everything came out well. Obviously, you're curious to see how he feels tomorrow, but he felt it was successful."
Jun 24 - 9:20 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) threw 34 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

It was his first time facing live hitters since going down with a right knee injury in early May. The next step should be a start with the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate on Saturday. The southpaw isn't expected to join the Yankees' rotation until after the All-Star break, but he's making tangible progress.
Jun 24 - 12:46 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Kelly Johnson
3Zelous Wheeler
4Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Zoilo Almonte
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4David Phelps
5Brandon McCarthy
6Shane Greene
7Chris Capuano
8CC Sabathia
9Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Matt Thornton
5Adam Warren
6David Huff
7Chase Whitley