Via Brendan Kuty -
Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia will get a second MRI on his right knee Monday to confirm there’s no structural damage, he said.
An initial MRI showed no serious problems, other than fluid in his knee that has swollen after his last two starts, he said.
But the second test will come after Yankees team doctor examines the knee and drains it of the fluid that’s causing the swelling, Sabathia said.
Sabathia had surgery in 2010 to repair a torn meniscus in the knee.
The 33-year-old said he was briefly reluctant to tell the Yankees about the swelling, considering the state of the rotation.
Ivan Nova will miss the rest of the year due to Tommy John surgery and Michael Pineda might not return until June while he recovers from a strained back muscle, manager Joe Girardi said Girardi.
On top of that, their replacements, David Phelps and Vidal Nuno, have been adequate at best; Hiroki Kuroda has been up-and-down and Sabathia himself has 5.28 ERA in eight starts.
Only Masahiro Tanaka, the 25-year-old Japanese rookie, has been reliable.
“It’s tough,” Sabathia said, “and that’s why I didn’t want to say anything. But I think I was doing more damage to the the team than helping the team by trying to hide it.”
Sabathia said he felt the pain during his May 4 start, which lasted just 3.2 innings — the shortest of his Yankees career.
“I didn’t know what was making it swell up,” Sabathia said. “It got pretty big on me after the start (May 4), and then (Sunday).”
Well, it’s a good thing the Yankees had all that pitching depth to cover for a situation like this one…
…uh, um, er, never mind…