CC Sabathia will probably hanging around the Yankee Stadium training room when the Yankees take on the Pirates during Sunday's doubleheader, but that might be as close as he gets to the mound for a while.
Manager Joe Girardi said his injured starter, who was diagnosed with “degenerative changes” in his right knee, was flying back to New York Saturday after receiving cortisone and stem cell injections into the knee, but it’s becoming more apparent that the lefthander will spend more than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list.
“I would be kind of shocked,” Girardi said when asked if Sabathia could return when eligible on May 26. “There hasn’t been a lot of history on this, but because they want the procedure to obviously be as successful as possible, he is on crutches. And it’s not because the knee is sore, they just don’t want him to put any weight on it. My guess is we’ll evaluate him Monday or Tuesday and see where he’s at and go from there.”
There’s no time frame for Sabathia’s return and the 33-year-old hurler probably won’t be rushing back into action when he dumps the crutches.
"They don't want any weight on it," said Girardi. "My guess is we'll evaluate him Monday or Tuesday and see where we're at."
Until he gets a better idea from the doctors and the training staff, Girardi isn’t going to worry about when Sabathia will return.
“To me, you focus on the guys that are in the room, and that’s what I try to do all the time,” he said. "You’ve got to win with the guys in the room."
"For now," that means keeping Chase Whitley in the rotation.