CC Sabathia's season is over. His career, thankfully, is not.
That is the news the Yankees received on Friday regarding their former All Star pitcher, who will avoid microfracture surgery on his right knee, that not only would have ended his season, but his career as well.
Instead, Sabathia will have arthroscopic debridement surgery next week, which, if all goes well, will allow him to return to the Yankees in 2015. Sabathia, who was having his worst season since joining the Yankees, injured the knee during the season, but felt it become truly unmanageable after his final start on May 10.
He finished the season with only three wins and an ERA of 5.28.
In a lot of ways Sabathia's tenure with the Yankees has been nothing but tumultuous. After winning a World Series with the team back in 2009, he has seen his career go on a sharp decline, especially the past two seasons. Since 2013, he is 17-17 with a 4.87 ERA. To combat his struggles on the mound, Sabathia put himself on a strict diet the past two seasons, and was in the best physical shape of his career this season.
However, the good eating habits was not enough to stop the constant knee issues for CC this year.
The Yankees hope that he will be ready for Spring Training in 2015, but even that would be a big gamble. They can't expect him to be a number 1, when he returns next year. The Yankees rotation has been a mess all year. They lost Ivan Nova and Sabathia for the year. Lost Michael Pineda for most of the season, although he's expected back soon. And Masahiro Tanaka, has been on the DL for two weeks after slightly tearing the UCL in his elbow.
Tanaka, thinks he could come back this season, but is not sure when. Tanaka is scheduled to rest his elbow for six weeks before beginning another throwing program again. That is if the pain stops. If necessary, Tanaka could still face season ending Tommy John Surgery, which might even cost him most of 2015. If he comes back at all this year, Tanaka could see the Yankee Stadium mound in September. Either way, the Yankees pitching woes are going to be a problem moving forward.
At least they got a good performance from Brandon McCarthy on Saturday against the Reds, but McCarthey and former Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis are not enough to get this team where it wants to go. Whether the Yankees make another move before July 31 is still up for debate.
Even if this season is a lost cause, at least Yankees' fans know their former big gun is coming back next year.