CC Sabathia to undergo procedure on knee

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

There is no meniscus tear but Sabathia will require surgery to address cartilage breakdown.

New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia has emerged from a visit with Dr. James Andrews without a torn meniscus, but lacking a clean bill of health as well, according to George King of the New York Post. He's going to require a procedure that will clear out the breakdown of cartilage and address the effects of what were termed "degenerative changes."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman noted "former Yankees Hideki Matsui, Randy Johnson, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones went through the procedure." Carlos Beltran was also mentioned per the New York Daily News' John Feinsand.  A review of the players named by Cashman shows an average of 78 games missed, but no official timeline has been offered as of this writing.

Sabathia was 3-4 on the season with a 5.28 ERA and 48 strikeouts against 10 walks in 48 innings. He will be replaced in the rotation by something called a Chase Whitley, as the Yankees are already scrambling with Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova on the shelf. The 24-year-old was a 15th-round selection in the 2010 draft, out of Troy University. He had a 2.39 ERA in 26⅓ innings with 32 strikeouts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Hey, at least it's not a UCL tear, right?

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