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CC Sabathia not likely to pitch again in 2014, Joe Girardi says

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia watches the interleague

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia watches the interleague baseball game against the Mets from the dugout in the fifth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on Monday, May 12, 2014. Credit: AP / Kathy Kmonicek

CC Sabathia will likely not pitch again this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, due to the right knee issue that has limited him to eight starts with the Yankees this year.

When asked if Sabathia may not return during the 2014 season, Joe Girardi told reporters before Friday’s game against Minnesota, “That’s probably fair to say.”

Girardi admitted there was some concern that, beyond this season, Sabathia might not pitch for the Yankees again, saying "there's always a little question."

Sabathia will see noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on July 14, Girardi said. Micro fracture surgery is a possibility, Girardi said.

Sabathia had been on a rehab assignment, hoping to return from the knee inflammation that required the Yankees to place him on the disabled list May 11.

Following an outing for Double-A Trenton Wednesday Sabathia said, “Health-wise, I’m ready to go.” But Sabathia woke up Thursday with swelling in his right knee, leading him to be shut down indefinitely.

Sabathia had a 5.28 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in eight starts for the Yankees this year. Though he made 32 starts in 2013, he posted his worst statistical season, with a 4.78 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

Signed to a seven-year deal before the 2009 season, Sabathia opted out and signed a five-year extension with the team three years later. He’s under contract through 2016 with a $25 million vesting option for 2017. He’s owed $23 million this season and in 2015 and $25 million in 2016.

The Yankees rotation has been decimated by injuries this season. Besides Sabathia, Michael Pineda has made just four starts before being sidelined with a muscle strain and Ivan Nova was lost to Tommy John surgery after only four starts.

If Sabathia has to have micro fracture surgery, he'll join Rangers starter Derek Holland as lefthanders who will have had the surgery this season. The surgery is designed to stimulate blood flow and help cartilage heal. Holland had the procedure in early January and is on-track to return sometime after the All-Star break.

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