Will CC Sabathia play next season? He thinks so
CC Sabathia worked hard this off season. He lost a lot of weight and was expected to be the ace of the Yankees pitching staff despite the signing of Masahiro Tanaka. But things didn’t quite work out that way for Sabathia.
After struggling for a month and a half this season, Sabathia found himself on the disabled list. He was poised to make a comeback, but then hurt his knee and will be out for the rest of the year. Because of his inability to stay healthy, some think that Sabathia will not be an effective pitcher for the rest of his career.
Sabathia would like to think otherwise and is fully anticipating playing in 2015.
After having season ending surgery on his right knee, Sabathia, received some good news from doctors and believes that an entire off season to rest will do his body wonders for next season. The Yankees could have used a healthy Sabathia this season and have made many trades in an attempt to fill the void that he and 80 percent of their starting rotation has left after suffering injuries this year.
From The Star-Ledger:
After undergoing season-ending surgery on his injured right knee last Thursday, Yankees ace CC Sabathia received two bits of good news upon meeting with the doctors:
He had a bone spur removed from the same knee, which had been previously undiagnosed;
More importantly, the much more serious microfracture surgical procedure which had been on the table prior, had been ruled out as an option.
“I’ll have time for it to work this time, instead of trying to rush back,” Sabathia said prior to Tuesday’s game. “I have five months. Hopefully I’ll be able to have a normal offseason.”
Sabathia reiterated that he has been told by doctors that his knee will never be 100 percent for the rest of his playing career. He has nearly no cartilage left under his kneecap and that the knee will need to be periodically drained because of fluid buildup and swelling. He said he’ll likely need routine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections in order to keep the area as normal as possible. Sabathia will also undergo a stem-cell injection later this month — his second since the injury occurred.
In spite of all of that, he fully expects to be in the starting rotation when the 2015 season begins.
“If it’s like this, I can deal with it,” Sabathia said. “I don’t think there’s any reason I shouldn’t be able to tolerate it and pitch.”
The hard part for Sabathia — who has been on the disabled list since mid-May — will be shaking off the rust of his throwing arm. Since he is still on crutches, he has only been able to work out his arm by throwing sitting down. He has yet to be able to put pressure on the knee in order to complete a full pitching motion — something which he likely won’t be cleared to do for a couple of months.
Sabathia will turn 35 years old during next season so he is clearly on the back nine of his career. It will be tough for him to regain the form that led the Yankees to sign him to a five-year, $122 million contract back in 2011.
One thing he could regain this off-season? The weight he lost entering this year. It could be the secret to his success. After all, it works for Bartolo Colon.
Follow us on Twitter – @SportskingsNY
Follow Dave Ragazzo on Twitter – @DRagazzo_Sports