Sabathia's last major league start came on May 10, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Soon after, Sabathia was diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his right knee.
The Yankees tried to have Sabathia rehab the injury, and he made two minor-league starts in late June and early July. An MRI after the second start revealed more inflammation, and Sabathia was shut down pending further tests.
Sabathia was in California on Friday to meet with Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team doctor, for a third and final opinion on his knee. It was after that visit that Cashman announced Sabathia would have surgery.
George A. King III of the New York Post reported Thursday that Sabathia could require micro-fracture surgery, a procedure which would jeopardize the rest of his career. Cashman, though, said Friday that Sabathia will not have micro-fracture surgery. Instead, he will have arthroscopic surgery to clean out the knee.
- Dan Gartland