Big Left-Hander Heading For MRI After Developing Fluid On Bad Right Knee

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Yankees.

They have lost five games in a row, are below .500 for the first time since April 11, and seemingly can’t hit to save their lives.

But it got worse on Thursday as manager Joe Girardi told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts that CC Sabathia had hit a roadblock in his attempt to return from a knee problem.

Sabathia, who has been out since May 10 with a degenerative problem in his right knee, had been on schedule to return to the Yankees after the All-Star break, but something went wrong during a rehab start at Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

The big left-hander gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits, including three for extra bases. He threw 55 pitches, 33 for strikes, walking one and striking out two. He also hit a batter. Considering it was just his first rehab start following a long layoff, the Yankees didn’t seem too concerned.

But then Thursday morning rolled around.

“When he woke up today he had some fluid on that knee again. So he is getting an MRI and they are going to determine what the next step is,” Girardi said. “I don’t know where his rehab is going right now. Obviously, he needs to consult with the doctors. He might even be in the tube as we speak right now and we’ll go from there. It’s not the news that we wanted, so we will just have to wait and see.”

Sabathia, who was hoping to bounce back from a pedestrian 2013 season, is just 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA this season.

The Yankees entered the opener of their holiday weekend series in Minnesota on Thursday night 41-42 and 4 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East.

Girardi spoke about many other issues surrounding the struggling Yankees, including an offense that has been missing in action all season and the team’s struggles at home. To hear the entire interview, please click on the audio link below.

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