CC Sabathia is one of the best left-handed pitchers in all of baseball. That said, he just wasn’t good enough in the ALCS against the Texas Rangers (neither were a lot of Yankees) and the defending World Series champions fell short.
Is it possible that he was a little banged up? Sure is. Especially since he was diagnosed recently with a small tear in the meniscus of his right knee. He’ll undergo surgery in the next few days and the Yankees expect him to be all good in about three weeks, according to the New York Post.
But, when you weigh as much as he does, is any surgery to the load-carrying part of the body “minor?” He is a horse of a pitcher and he’s obviously overweight, so we’d be curious as to how he’s able to respond from this.
All of this points to the Yankees going hard after Cliff Lee. Maybe the New York fans shouldn’t have spit on his wife and poured beer on her. They brushed it off (probably knowing that the Yankees provide the biggest payday), but it was still a classless move.
But, I digress. The Yanks are probably going to need Lee badly. Sabathia is 600 lbs. soaking wet and, at 31-years old, we don’t know how he’ll respond to this knee surgery moving forward. Who knows if Andy Pettitte will return, and if he does, he’ll be 39-years old. I’m not sold on Phil Hughes just yet. A.J. Burnett might be the biggest wild card starter in all of baseball.
Our guess is that Sabathia will be okay. But, that doesn’t mean that Brian Cashman shouldn’t get Kevin Brown on the horn.