The Yankees have now placed 60 percent of their opening rotation on the disabled list. Ivan Nova is lost for the year, Michael Pineda won’t be back until sometime in June and now CC Sabathia is shutdown for at least two weeks with a knee problem that’s lingered for two starts. The Yankees rotation was a source of encouragement and optimism out of spring training. Six weeks into the season, it’s become an uncertainty.
“That’s why I didn’t want to say anything,” Sabathia said. “But I think I was doing more damage to the team than helping the team by trying to hide it.”
Sabathia said he first felt the discomfort during last Sunday’s start against Tampa Bay. It was his worst start of the year, and his knee was swollen afterward, but he stayed on turn to make another underwhelming start on Saturday. When his knee grew swollen again, he finally spoke up, and a Sunday morning MRI revealed the problem.
It’s the same knee that Sabathia had surgically repaired after the 2010 season. Although Sabathia said this injury is showing the same symptoms, the initial MRI suggests this it’s less significant, with no damage to the meniscus. Sabathia plans to have the knee drained on Monday, then expects to get another MRI just to make sure there’s no further damage.
“I didn’t know what was making it swell up,” Sabathia said. “Obviously, you know, it got pretty big on me after the start Sunday and after the start last night. So of course, I was getting a little nervous.”
Sabathia said he’s hoping this is only a two-week DL stint, but the injury has obviously lingered for about a week now. Has that contributed to Sabathia’s struggles?
“I’m not going to make excuses or anything, but I felt it yesterday,” he said. “And I just wanted to say something and let Stevie (Donohue) know.”
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