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Yankees' CC Sabathia has degenerative knee injury

C.C. Sabathia pitched 211 innings for the New York Yankees last season. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) CC Sabathia pitched 211 innings for the New York Yankees last season. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has a degenerative condition in his right knee, according to David Waldstein of The New York Times.

The injury was discovered by Dr. James Andrews, who found that Sabathia had no structural damage in the knee, and plans to treat the condition with cortisone shot enhanced with stem cells on Thursday. New York general manager Brian Cashman was optimistic the treatment would be successful.

“Hopefully, it resolves it,” Cashman said of the shot. “If not, then we’ll talk about it later.”

Sabathia left his Saturday start against the Milwaukee Brewers, after just 5 1/3 innings, giving up three home runs and eight hits in that time. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday morning, but the new developments regarding his knee cast doubt on whether he will be ready to return to the mound when he is off the DL.

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