The Yankees opening day ace, CC Sabathia, will undergo season ending clean-up surgery on his right knee. Sabathia had not been in the rotation since the 10th of May while trying to recover. On the plus side, the surgery is not as serious as the Yankees and Sabathia feared originally. If the surgery goes well there is a good chance of a return in 2015. John Heyman of CBS Sports broke the news
cc sabathia will have season-ending right knee cleanup. out for year. hopeful he will be back for ’15.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 18, 2014
The conformation of the loss of Sabathia just adds to the already walked wounded that is the New York Yankees rotation. On opening day the Yankees planned on a 2014 that included CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda.
Now that rotation cannot even he identified by the most diehard of Yankees fans. The current rotation includes Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, David Phelps and Chase Whitley. Pineda will return but the timetable is not set in stone. Nova is out for the remainder of 2014 and part of 2015 and Tanaka has a few more weeks on the shelf at best before he returns.
If the Yankees find a way to stay in contention it will be a minor miracle. Will they be aggressive as the trade deadline gets closer? If I was in management I would chalk it up this year, play the youngsters and prep for 2015. But that is just not the Yankee way.