Via Joel Sherman –
CC Sabathia was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery, The Post has learned.
Sabathia was diagnosed yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days. The Yankees do not consider the procedure significant and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready for spring training.
Nevertheless, the worry with signing Sabathia to the largest-ever pitching contract always had been the two Ws: weight and workload. He has carried a lot of both, and, thus, it is hard to look at any surgery — especially on a joint — as minor.
The Yankees already are planning a full-court press for free agent Cliff Lee, and any concerns about their ace, Sabathia, only would make the Yankees more motivated to solidify the top of the rotation.
The knee problem could explain Sabathia’s underwhelming postseason. He won two of his three starts, but was never overpowering and pitched to a 5.63 ERA in allowing 22 hits and seven walks in 16 innings.
There is alotta weight on those knees, for sure. And, you know what they say about minor surgery – it’s only minor when it’s done on someone else.