As planned, CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery this morning to correct a small meniscus tear in his right knee.
Joe Girardi said he couldn’t remember the exact date, but the knee became a problem for Sabathia “fairly early” in the season, and he dealt with it throughout. There were times Sabathia had to cut down on his conditioning and weight room routine.
“He had to manage it somewhat,” Girardi said. “As far as hurting, at times I think it was a little more sore than others.”
It’s interesting that quite often, when Sabathia struggled, we heard about problems with his back leg. Girardi said Sabathia always told him the knee was a non-issue, but Girardi said he couldn’t help but wonder how much it was playing a role.
“A lot of times players can mask pain and they don’t even realize they’re in it,” Girardi said.