• CC’s Knee Needs Help

    Posted by on May 15th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via Mark Feinsand

    CC Sabathia’s knee troubles are far from over. In fact, they might just be beginning.

    General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no tear in the meniscus in Sabathia’s right knee, which was surgically repaired following the 2010 season.

    Sabathia does, however, have what Cashman termed “degenerative changes” in the area, meaning that “some cartilage breakdown is occurring” in the 33-year-old’s knee.

    “His knee stability is fine, so there’s no ligament damage or anything like that,” Cashman said. “His knee is stable; but he does have some degenerative changes.”

    Sabathia stayed in Birmingham Wednesday night after having his knee drained of fluid earlier in the day. He’ll see Dr. Andrews again on Thursday to receive an injection of cortisone and stem cell, the standard treatment for his condition.

    “We have current players and we’ve had past players that have dealt with this in the past,” Cashman said. “There have been a number of successes throughout that process; hopefully CC will be in that success, also.”

    The Yankees remain hopeful that Sabathia will be ready to go when he’s eligible to return from his 15-day stint on the disabled list, but Cashman said he’ll wait to hear what Dr. Andrews has to say before making any such predictions.

    “I’m going to wait until he goes through the procedure on it,” Cashman said.

    Cashman listed Hideki Matsui, Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones as players who have dealt with similar issues, playing through the knee problems while remaining productive. According to Cashman, Beltran continues to get treated for it even now.

    “Randy Johnson pitched for many, many years with it; when Arizona signed him from Houston, then we got him from Arizona, he was going through a lot of the same stuff,” Cashman said. “Everybody is different, but they had similar situations; hopefully far worse. They found some sort of happy medium between the treatments they received and performance.”

    I would feel better about Sabathia’s chances to have good seasons after this if he were pitching in the National League and there was no PED testing in place.

    Comments on CC’s Knee Needs Help

    1. #15
      May 15th, 2014 | 12:37 pm

      Live from Angola…

      Knee or not, we’ve seen enough to know CC’s at best a .500 pitcher the rest of the way. I actually pretty surprised he fell apart as fast and as far as he did. I figured with 1/2 decent run support he’d muddle through as a 16-10 guy for a couple of years. I was wrong.

      On the other hand… Tanaka is better then good. Everyone has a book on him now and he’s still managing to miss bats. Seems like most of the dingers he’s given up have been on show me 4 seemers up in the zone. MLB hitters will hit those off nearly everyone not throwing 95+.

    2. Mr. October
      May 15th, 2014 | 3:20 pm

      No Major League Baseball G.M. knows more about, or has more experience with, players with issues related to “degenerative changes” than B.M. Cashman.

    3. #15
      May 15th, 2014 | 6:22 pm

      @ Mr. October:
      LOL….. “Put that on my resume!”

    4. Raf
      May 17th, 2014 | 8:38 am

      #15 wrote:

      Live from Angola…

      Enjoy!

      #15 wrote:

      Knee or not, we’ve seen enough to know CC’s at best a .500 pitcher the rest of the way. I actually pretty surprised he fell apart as fast and as far as he did. I figured with 1/2 decent run support he’d muddle through as a 16-10 guy for a couple of years. I was wrong.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/cc-sabathia-is-doing-some-things-right-believe-it-or-not/

      Tanaka is better then good.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/quarterly-report-masahiro-tanaka/

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