Sabathia to have minor knee procedure
Sabathia was diagnosed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the procedure will be performed by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Sabathia will begin therapy immediately after the surgery and is scheduled to begin his regular routine in preparation for Spring Training after three to six weeks.
After pitching brilliantly in the 2009 postseason (eight earned runs in 36 1/3 innings) to help the Yankees claim their 27th World Series title, Sabathia was uncharacteristically ineffective in the playoffs this season, allowing 10 earned runs and 22 hits in 16 innings.
The Yankees won all three of Sabathia’s starts, but he was not satisfied with his Game 1 performance in the American League Division Series against the Twins and New York needed a five-run comeback to topple the Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, with Sabathia knocked out after four innings.
Sabathia defeated the Rangers in Game 5 of the ALCS, helping to send the series back to Texas, but even that start wasn’t magnificent. Sabathia limited the damage to two runs over six innings, but he scattered 11 hits, continually working out of trouble.