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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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Yankees activated LHP CC Sabathia from the 60-day disabled list.
Sabathia underwent season-ending knee surgery in July. The 34-year-old left-hander began throwing off flat ground in September but isn't scheduled to do any mound work until spring training. He posted a career worst 5.28 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 46 innings with the Yankees in 2014. Oct 31 - 11:13 PM

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CC Sabathia (knee) is throwing twice a week and he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent."

Sabathia had season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee in July as well as a bone spur removed. He began throwing off flat-ground in September. The original plan called for him to throw off a mound before Thanksgiving, but now he plans to wait until spring training. "Now that I know I feel pretty good, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to crank it up (until February)," said Sabathia. After being limited to just eight starts this season, the 34-year-old southpaw is owed $48 million from 2015-2016 while his contract includes a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.
Oct 22 - 12:34 PM

CC Sabathia threw Monday for the first time since right knee surgery in July.

Sabathia had season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery as well as a bone spur removed from the knee. The veteran southpaw recently had a stem cell treatment on the very same knee and will likely require regular maintenance moving forward. He hopes to be in the starting rotation for the start of 2015, but that's far from a guarantee. Sabathia is owed $48 million over the last two seasons while his contract includes a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.
Sep 22 - 4:23 PM

CC Sabathia will receive a stem cell injection in a few weeks in his surgically-repaired right knee.

Sabathia had the knee scoped last month and also wound up having a bone spur that he needed shaved off. "I'm gonna do the stem cell in, I think, a couple weeks, go from there, and try to have a normal offseason," said Sabathia. "I'll have time to let it sit in there and try to work this time, instead of rushing back to pitch. I have five, six months to let it sit in there and see if it'll work." The left-hander also admitted that the knee will require regularly maintenance going forward. "I'm always going to need something," said Sabathia. "Whether it's getting it drained, or [platelet-rich plasma] shots, or something, going forward there's always something I'm going to need to do.... We'll see how it goes. If it swells up, we can drain it. [I] just have to get used to it."
Aug 5 - 10:05 PM

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

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

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