Knee surgery to end Sabathia's season

New York Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia's 2014 season official came to a close Friday when the Yankees announced that he will have surgery on his right knee.

An arthroscopic debridement procedure is scheduled for next week by Los Angeles Dodgers team specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Yankees expect the veteran to be recovered in time for spring training next year.

For now, Sabathia will not undergo microfracture surgery on the knee, which if needed could end his career.

"It doesn't mean that is off the table," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

The 33-year-old Sabathia posted a 3-4 record with a 4.29 ERA this season. The past two years, he posted a mediocre 17-17 record with a 4.87 ERA.

"He tried the rehab side of it and obviously that didn't work," Cashman said, according to "If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough."

The Yankees' starting rotation has been decimated by injuries this season, losing Sabathia and Ivan Nova for the year and Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda at least until August.

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