Yankees’ Sabathia Will ‘eventually’ Need Knee Replacement

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia turned in a solid performance on Sunday night versus the New York Mets, going six innings while just giving up a run and seven strikeouts for his 5th win of the season.

Sabathia’s knee has been an issue for him over the past couple of years, as he was recently on the disabled list with a knee injury that caused him to miss a few weeks. Sabathia currently wears a brace on his knee, which is allowing him to pitch better, but in the end, Sabathia will still have to end up dealing with his knee down the line.

Per Barry Bloom of MLB.com:

CC Sabathia is pitching with bone-on-bone arthritis in his right knee, he told MLB.com 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.”

Wear and tear has finally caught up with the 35-year-old Sabathia, and the Yankees could owe him over 50 million until the 2017 season season concludes. The left-handed Sabathia is 5-9 on the season with a 4.80 earned run average and 131 strikeouts.

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