CC Sabathia amassed at least 200 innings in seven consecutive seasons from 2007-2013, but he made just eight starts last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right knee in July. He’s hoping to get back to being a workhorse in 2015.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Sabathia told ESPN that everything continues to go well in his rehab and he’s ready to report to spring training next week. The veteran southpaw also stated that he has a goal of making 30 starts this season.
“That was the shortest year, having my year cut short by injury last year,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully this year I can go out and try to make 30 starts and just be healthy and try to help the team win.”
Sabathia managed to avoid a serious microfracture surgery, but he still had a bone spur removed and was told by doctors that his knee will never be 100 percent for the rest of his playing career. As a result, his knee will require constant maintenance moving forward. He had a stem cell injection last August and will have his knee drained regularly and receive platelet-rich plasma injections. That’s not the rosiest scenario for someone who is owed $48 million over the next two seasons with a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.
Sabathia, 34, owns a 4.87 ERA in 40 starts dating back to the start of 2013 and his velocity has declined along with it. The Yankees can’t count on him as a frontline starter at this point, but if he can adjust to his new normal and get back to his inning-eating ways, they would probably be pretty happy with that.