CC Sabathia is going to meet with Dr. James Andrews a week from Monday to determine what’s the next step for him. However, it’s safe to say that Sabathia will probably miss the rest of the 2014 season if needs microfacture surgery.
“I think that’s probably fair to say,” manager Joe Girardi said.
The MRI showed significant cartilage damage and if Sabathia needs microfracture surgery, it will be an intense procedure which forces the body to build cartilage by drilling small holes around the bone. This procedure could possibly be the end of Sabathia’s career in pinstripes, although Girardi said it’s too early to tell.
“I think it’s too early to predict that,” Girardi said. “Whenever you have degenerative issues that cause surgery or things like that, there’s always a little question, yeah.”
The microfracture surgery might not even happen, but with the conversation of Sabathia needing the surgery a possibility, it showed how serious the knee problem has become.
“(Microfracture surgery) is always a possibility when you have a degenerative knee,” Girardi said. “That could be one of the steps. I’m not exactly sure if he was to have surgery what it’s going to be. That’s for them to determine, but that’s always a possibility. And that’s a surgery that a lot of players don’t want to hear that they need to have. It’s a pretty long rehab.”
– Girardi said Brian McCann is available as a pinch-hitter but his foot is sore. Girardi expects to have McCann as a full player tomorrow.
– Today is just a routine day off for Derek Jeter.
“He’s played seven days in a row,” Girardi said. “Day game after a night game. He played a day game after a night game the other day at home, so just a day off in a long stretch.”
– Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Lou Gehrig “luckiest man” speech. It’s also July 4th, which means the Yankees are going to wear ridiculous hats. I never understood why they changed the hats for July 4th and in the last five seasons where I really watched the Yankees, there was only one Fourth of July hat I really liked. Besides that, Brett Gardner isn’t a huge fan of the hat either–so he dabbed it with baby powder to make it look cool by his standards. Very nice.