The workhorse is down. I repeat, the workhorse is down. He is not just beaten by an injury, he may have been defeated for good by an injury. It has yet to be seen, but New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia may need microfracture surgery on his knee. If so, it could be a difficult path for the pitcher to get back to the game of baseball, and the Yankees are already worried they may not see him pitch again in 2014.
The 208 game winner has been an innings eater the last seven seasons, going beyond 200 innings pitched in each season. He is one of the few pitchers who came to people’s mind when they wanted a pitcher on the mound when it mattered most of the last 10 years. It could not have been an easy few days for the pitcher. He was still slated to come back shortly after the All-Star break and now many are ruling him done for the season — a season the team could not take much more woes to the pitching staff. It’s hard to fathom what he would be going through when having to look at retirement from the game he was so dominant at for so long and at the age of 33.
It is not often heard of that baseball players get the procedure done on their knees, the last being Sabathia’s former Cleveland Indians teammate Grady Sizemore, who had a tough time getting back into the league before signing with the Boston Red Sox and being released a few weeks ago. It is more common to hear in the NBA, but even then, players are still not coming back the same player they once were. For a pitcher who is fierce like Sabathia, this has got to be the worst news he could receive.
This is also bad for the Yankees because even when he is not at the top of his game and pitching deep into ball games throwing 93 mph, he is still a viable option for a No. 2 or No. 3 guy in the rotation. The team has been fortunate so far that Masahiro Tanaka has been able to live up to the expectations that came with him from Japan.
Sabathia has the second most wins in the majors among active players behind only San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson. At a young age, he could have been baseball’s next prized 300 game winner, something many experts and fans were skeptical they would never see again with the way the game changed and the bullpen has become an important role to the everyday game.