New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team is not expecting CC Sabathia to return to its rotation this year as the starting pitcher could undergo a season-ending microfracture knee surgery.
Sabathia suffered a setback Thursday after waking up with swelling in his right knee.
“He’s going to see Dr. [James] Andrews a week from Monday,” Girardi said. “[Surgery] is always a possibility when you have a degenerative knee. I’m not exactly sure if he was to have surgery what it would be, that’s yet to be determined.”
Sabathia is signed for the next two seasons. He will make $23 million next year and $25 million in 2016. The Yankees can buy out Sabathia for $5 million in 2017.
The Yankees are 23-26 since Sabathia’s last start in May. He had a 5.28 ERA in eight starts when he hit the disabled list on May 11. Girardi entertained the notion that Sabathia may not pitch again, at least not in pinstripes.
“I think it’s too early to predict that,” Girardi said. “But whenever you have degenerative issues that cause surgery or things like that, there’s always a little question there.”