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Friday, July 11, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: CC Sabathia to seek further advice

By on 7/11/2014 08:30:00 PM

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has canceled Monday's appointment with Dr. James Andrews in order to get at least two more orthopedic expert opinions on the condition of his right knee. Yankees beat writer for Bryan Hoch announced the news late Friday afternoon.

In his Friday evening report, Hoch says that Sabathia will not see Dr. Andrews. Instead, he will see both Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dr. Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers. Sabathia is officially on the 60-day disabled list with swelling in his right knee, but he may also need surgery. The appointment with Dr. Andrews may have clarified the matter. Instead, Sabathia will see the other specialists to determine the extent of the damage to "his right knee, a knee which has been said to have significant cartilage damage" as Hoch writes.

At this point, the Yankees do not expect to have Sabathia back this season, and speculation has it that his career is also in jeopardy. The results of the visits with Drs. ElAttrache and Meister may help lead to a decision that could affect Sabathia's career.

Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 3.9 average WAR in 13+ seasons with the Indians, Brewers, and Yankees. He is 91-46 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 3.6 average WAR as a Yankee since the beginning of 2009. He has a 4.4 average WAR in his five full Yankee seasons with a high of 7.5 in 2011.

Sabathia, the Yankees, and their fans hope that May 10 does not end up as his last night in the Major Leagues.

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