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 ESPNNewYork.com. "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.
RIGHETTI HAS VERTIGO
San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dve Righetti was hospitalized in Las Vegas in good condition after suffering a bout of vertigo during a team flight to Miami on Thursday night.
The team charter made an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas after Righetti, who had been battling a virus, was stricken while in the air. He was expected to be released Friday.
Team spokesman Matt Chisholm said Righetti's wife arrived in Las Vegas to be with him and they will return to San Francisco when he is cleared to fly. Righetti could rejoin the Giants next Friday when they return home from a road trip.
"He's feeling a lot better," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The tests were coming out fine, which is good news."
Righetti has served as the Giants' pitching coach for 15 years after a 16-year career as a pitcher in the major leagues.
PHILLIES OPEN TO TRADES
The Philadelphia Phillies are more interested in trading left-hander Cliff Lee than fellow lefty Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com.
One rival general manager said a deal is not possible now since Lee is sidelined with an elbow injury. However, he is expected back soon and could be showcased for teams interested in acquiring him once he returns.
Lee is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season. He has at least $48 million left on his contract that ends in 2015. However, a 2016 option could make his remaining deal worth up to $63 million.
The Phillies reportedly are asking a lot for Hamels, who is 3-5 with a 2.93 ERA. He is on a six-year, $144 million contract.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said earlier this week that he is "open to anything" in terms of dealing players. However, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley can veto trades.
Lee and Hamels also each have no-trade clauses that include at least 20 teams on them, but Hamels reportedly is more likely to invoke his because he wants to stay in Philadelphia. Lee and closer Jonathan Papelbon are more open to being traded because they want to go to a contender.
WALKER IN TRADE TALKS
The Tampa Bay Rays are interested in young pitcher Taijuan Walker and at least two other players in trade talks with the Seattle Mariners involving left-hander David Price, according to CBSSports.com.
The Mariners want Price and/or second baseman Ben Zobrist from the Rays.
Price, who leads the American League with 164 strikeouts, is 9-7 with a 3.23 ERA with the Rays. Tampa Bay has been rumoured to possibly deal Price for young talent. The Rays struggled earlier this season but have gotten back in contention in the AL East.
Some of the Mariners' top prospects include corner infielder D.J. Peterson and left-handed pitcher James Paxton.
Walker has struggled with a shoulder injury but is considered a top prospect. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts this season with Seattle. Scouts are expected to be at his start for triple-A Tacoma on Friday in Reno.
The Rays reportedly sent two scouts to their double-A game Thursday against the Mariners' double-A Jackson team at Montgomery, Ala.
Zobrist is batting .266 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 319 at-bats. He can also play shortstop and in the outfield.
The Cleveland Indians recalled right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee from triple-A Columbus on Friday. Lee is in his third stint with Cleveland this year. In his two previous stints, Lee was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 games.