CC Sabathia will eventually need knee replacement surgery


CC Sabathia turned in a gutsy performance against the Mets last night. Shaky as all get-out early, but he dodged bullets, bore down and somehow limited the Mets to just five hits over six innings of one-run ball. Not too bad, all things considered. And way better if, you know, you didn’t actually watch him. A lot of Sabathia’s starts are that way now.

The culprit, of course, is wear and tear. Most notably on his knee. A knee, he told Barry Bloom of after last night’s game, is gonna need some major surgery at some point:

CC Sabathia is pitching with bone-on-bone arthritis in his right knee, he told as Sunday night turned into Monday morning . . . Asked if he ultimately would need knee-replacement surgery, Sabathia said, “Eventually, but that’s the price you pay.”

When he and the Yankees pay it is the question. He is 35 and has pitched nearly 3,000 innings in 15 seasons, having gotten a very young start back when he was with the Indians. His contract, however, runs through one more season, guaranteed anyway, and a 2017 option. 2016 will cost the Yankees $25 million. 2017 could vest at a guaranteed $25 million if he doesn’t experience left shoulder problems, specifically. Nothing about the knee is in the contract. So: it’s fairly likely that the Yankees still have to pay him $50 million over the next two years. If, somehow, the option is avoided, there’s still a $5 million buyout, so it’s a guaranteed $30 million.

Sabathia is wearing a brace that helps his mechanics at the moment and it’s sort of working. The question for the Yankees is whether it will work for over two more years.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.