“It’s no big deal,” CC Sabathia told the Daily News in a text message. “I’ll be ready to throw by Dec. 1 like always.”
Team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad will perform the surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Sabathia will begin therapy immediately after the surgery, according to the Yankees.
“It’s been nagging me all year,” Sabathia said. “It never affected me on the mound, just the days after my start.”
Sabathia insists that the knee didn’t effect him during the playoffs, but it’s hard to believe that after 237.2 regular season innings his knee didn’t get worse. Even before the playoffs started Sabathia had a couple of bad outings down the stretch.
He also seems to think this will have no carry over effect going into next year, but one thing we saw this season was that athletes tend to think they are invincible from time to time.
Both Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez landed on the DL in the second half of the season after insisting that their injuries were not as bad as they let on. Mark Teixeira also continued to play down the stretch instead of taking some obviously much needed days off. His body finally broke down in the ALCS when his hamstring popped.
So Sabathia may think he’ll be fine, but we won’t really know until he’s out there pitching and proves it to us.