The New York Yankees announced last week that CC Sabathia has a degenerative knee condition in the cartilage in his right knee. Sabathia has been placed on the disabled list, and there has been a difference of opinions regarding when he will return. According to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, that won’t be any time before July.
Sabathia received a stem cell injection in his knee last week, and Dr. James Andrews told the Yankees the process would take a minimum of six weeks if it works. That leaves New York without its ace and looking even thinner at starting pitcher, especially with Ivan Nova out for the year with an elbow injury.
“Our dialogue with Andrews has been good and the small sample of stem cell procedures, the results are very successful,” Cashman added. “But he has to be pain free before strengthening, so there is a way to go. Because he is a starter it will take longer. I have no idea how long it will be and if it will be successful. We are hoping it is six weeks to a major league return.”
Sabathia is 33 years old and has thrown a ton of innings throughout his career. Given the nature of the injury, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if he will ever be the same pitcher again. Whether he’s back before the All-Star break or not, we fully expect the Yankees to start putting their feelers out for starting pitching help.
CC 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.
Skinny CC Sabathia has been one of the most discussed topics at New York Yankees training camp this month, and deservedly so. Sabathia looks like he has lost a ton of weight, which is something he says he committed to doing after his cousin died young because of heart disease.
If you thought CC was barely recognizable in jeans and a hoodie, have a look at him in his baseball uniform. Sabathia has always been known to wear baggy clothes, but he sure did look slender while getting some work in on Friday.
Sabathia lost a lot of velocity on his fastball when he shed some weight heading into last season, but he said he did not go about the weight loss the way he should have. While it’s always nice to see such a big guy slim down a bit, Yankees fans are probably nervous about how Sabathia’s new body will respond on the mound.
CC Sabathia on Friday responded to people on the internet going crazy over his new, skinnier, healthier look, by dismissing the concerns and saying he thinks it’s funny. Sabathia also said that the reason he got serious about his weight loss was because he saw a cousin die young of heart disease.
“During the offseason, I decided to lose the weight to be around my family, be around my kids,” Sabathia told ESPN New York. “I had a cousin pass away that was pretty young from heart disease, so it was just really about that.”
Sabathia’s cousin, Demetrius Davis, died two years ago at 45, inspiring CC to get healthy. The Yankees pitcher told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews that he’s lost weight by cutting out carbs and exercising more.
The former Cy Young Award winner now weighs 275 pounds, which is not all that much given his large, 6-foot-7 frame. He lost a lot of weight before last season, which many feel was part of the reason his average fastball velocity dropped to 91 mph. Sabathia admitted that he did not go about the weight loss properly last year and that he physically was not ready to play.
“I lost a lot of weight, but I wasn’t physically ready to go out and play. So this year was just all about training and getting ready to play.”
Sabathia has acknowledged that a lot of people are made at him for getting so skinny, because many Yankees fans feel it will be at a detriment to his pitching. Sabathia told ESPN NY he thinks that’s “hilarious.”
I’ll tell you what’s not hilarious: Sabathia’s career-worst 4.78 ERA last season.
CC Sabathia — or what’s left of what used to be CC Sabathia — is barely recognizable these days.
The New York Yankees pitcher shared the above photo on his Twitter account Wednesday, and it shows him looking as thin as ever. You remember all those fat jokes we used to make about CC? Talking about how CC stood for Cap’N Crunch or cream cheese? Shoot, now I feel like telling the dude to stuff a few double bacon cheeseburgers in his mouth just so he looks healthy. He almost looks too skinny right about now.
I seriously wonder how much this will affect his pitching. Dude needs some meat on them bones.
One of the main concerns the New York Yankees had when they signed CC Sabathia to a massive contract is his size. The 33-year-old left-hander has been generously listed at 290 pounds over the past few seasons, but anyone who has watched him knows he has climbed over 300 before. At the moment, Sabathia looks like he could be below the 290 mark.
Once you get past the velvet drapes, candles and Starbursts, you have to wonder how much Jay-Z will be able to do for CC. Sabathia is signed with the Yankees for the next three seasons and has an option for 2017.
I can’t imagine Sabathia signed in Jan. 2014 to gear up for his big free agency push in 2016. Maybe Jay-Z has some marketing plans for the big guy.
Sabathia now joins Robinson Cano as baseball players signed with Jay-Z. Their other sports clients include Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and Geno Smith. There are a lot of athletes with New York ties there.
CC Sabathia has not been an ace for the New York Yankees this season. He has three losses, one win and one no-decision in his past five starts. Sabathia’s ERA has climbed to 4.37, and his start against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night was one of his worst of the season.
Sabathia went five innings at Fenway Park, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs after the Yankees spotted him an early 3-0 lead. After the game, the left-hander made no excuses.
“I suck,” Sabathia said, via the NY Daily News. “I wish I had an excuse or something. It sucks. It’s embarrassing. But you have to try to work through it, figure something out and start trying to help this team instead of hurting it.”
At a time when New York’s hitting lineup has been demolished by the injury bug, the team needs solid pitching now more than ever. Their $24 million-per-year pitcher should be the least of the Yankees’ worries, but Sabathia has seemingly gotten worse as the season progresses.
Sabathia has allowed a career-worst 23 home runs this season, and the year is far from over. There have been starts where he has kept New York in the game and gotten no run support because of the Yankees’ depleted lineup, but Sunday night wasn’t one of those instances.
“We didn’t struggle today,” Sabathia said. “We scored seven runs and not being able to win that game is unacceptable.”
Alex Rodriguez has also suffered another setback in rehab and is expected to miss 7-10 more days with a strained quad. With players like Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira on the shelf, the Yankees need someone to step up and be their rock. Sabathia is a good candidate for that role, but he has been anything but this season.
After putting together an outstanding June and emerging as one of the best teams in baseball, the news was not good for the Yankees on Wednesday. In the span of about 24 hours, New York lost both Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia to the disabled list. Sabathia’s injury is believed to be only a strained muscle in his leg that should cause him to miss two starts. Pettitte, on the other hand, suffered a broken ankle and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
At age 40 and coming off a year in which he didn’t pitch at all, Pettitte had somehow managed to become a rock in the Yankees’ rotation before going down. He has a 3.22 ERA and pitched six or more innings in every start except his most recent one where he suffered the injury. New York has become as reliant on him this season as they were in the early 2000s. And Sabathia is, well, Sabathia.
So what do these injuries mean for the AL East going forward? The good news for the Yankees is the season is young. Assuming Sabathia only misses two turns in the rotation, New York still has the option of pursuing trade options at the deadline to fill in for Pettitte. However, with the way the Orioles have played this season there is not much margin for error in the division.
The Red Sox are also slowly making a charge. They have won 11 of their last 14 games and are catching fire at the perfect time with Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Bailey all set to come off the DL over the next month. While other teams will be looking to make trades to improve around the deadline, Boston can stand pat and simply get healthy. With all five teams in the AL East currently above .500, Pettitte’s injury could turn out to be a significant blow to New York.
If you don’t think C.C. Sabathia is serious about staying in better shape and keeping the weight off this season, well, I can’t say I blame you. What I can tell you is that it appears he is already making an effort. According to the Star-Ledger, Sabathia has been bringing his own meals to Yankees camp in a brown paper bag — elementary school style. The reason? Controlling how much he eats.
Sabathia said doing it this way helps with portion control. Today’s breakfast offering was sausage and eggs and came in a container about the size of a small TV dinner. It’s also easy for Sabathia to direct his chef to prepare healthier offerings when needed.
“A lot of guys do it,” said Sabathia, who admitted that poor eating habits helped contribute to his weight gain last year. “It just sort of happened that it could work out this way.”
On second thought, maybe it isn’t elementary school style. Our moms and dads did a decent job of making our school lunches for us, but they probably don’t add the flare that C.C.’s personal chef adds. After all, he is probably being paid good money to prepare these mobile meals.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Brian Cashman and the Yankees approached Sabathia recently to talk about his weight. Many believe he was out of shape after the All-Star break last season, which contributed to his performance faltering a bit. Skipping the buffet line and not joining his teammates when they go out to eat is probably a good place to start.