The New York Yankees have now lost two pitchers to season-ending surgery.
According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, general manager Brian Cashman has announced that Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia will reportedly undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, effectively ending his 2014 campaign.
The operation is meant to clean out his right knee.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that CC Sabathia will have season-ending surgery on July 23. Procedure is to clean out his right knee.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 18, 2014
Sabathia, 33, has not pitched since May 10, and only started eight games this season. In those eight starts, Sabathia went 3-4 with a horrific 5.28 ERA.
The news puts Cashman in a predicament, considering the Yankees now will be without Ivan Nova, Sabathia, and possibly Masahiro Tanaka for the season, and, the trade deadline is nearing. Michael Pineda is tentatively expected to be back in a month, but due to multiple setbacks, he could also be lost for the season.
Already acquiring a few pitchers – Jeff Francis and Brandon McCarthy – Cashman will almost inevitably be inclined to add another.
Pitchers that could surface in trade rumors involving the Yankees are Phillies’ hurlers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, Padres’ starter Ian Kennedy, and Rays’ ace David Price.
Sabathia had pitched 200-plus innings in his first five seasons with New York. He has three years remaining on his contract, with an average annual value of $23.25 million – per Spotrac.