The New York Yankees were very optimistic about their rotation coming out of Spring Training. A month and a half into the season, uncertainty has replaced the optimism with 3/5 of the rotation on the disabled list; Michael Pineda has a teres major strain in his shoulder, Ivan Nova had Tommy John Surgery and CC Sabathia has fluid in his knee. Sabathia saw how the rotation was in trouble, but he wanted to stay and help the team despite the pain in his knee.
“That’s why I didn’t want to say anything,” Sabathia said. “But I think I was doing more damage to the team than helping the team by trying to hide it.”
Sabathia felt discomfort in his knee during his start with Tampa Bay, and his knee was swollen after the game. He made another start against the Brewers and his knee was swollen once again. That was when he knew he had to tell the Yankees about the injury. The injury is in the same knee Sabathia had surgery on in 2010, but there’s no structural damage to the meniscus. Sabathia hopes that this is only a two-week DL stint, but one wonders if the injury had to do with Sabathia’s struggles of late.
“I’m not going to make excuses or anything, but I felt it yesterday,” he said. “And I just wanted to say something and let Stevie (Donohue) know.”