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.