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CC Sabathia has degenerative knee condition

CC SabathiaCC Sabathia has a degenerative condition in the cartilage in his right knee, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday.

Sabathia was placed on the disabled list Sunday and went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his knee. Andrews diagnosed CC and plans to give him a cortisone injection with stem cells Thursday, The New York Times says.

Sabathia had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on the same knee in 2010, so this is the same one that continues to give him problems.

Cashman says Hideki Matsui, Carlos Beltran and Randy Johnson had the same condition and managed to play with it, but we’re not quite as optimistic. He also says surgery could be an option.

It’s amazing that what was once one of Sabathia’s best qualities as a pitcher — durability — is now looking like a weakness. I guess that will happen to anyone who throws nearly 3,000 innings in the bigs.

H/T SI Wire


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