Yankees Injury Update: CC Sabathia could be out until at least July, Kelley, Beltran, Cervelli

Mike McGinnis

The latest news on the injuries plaguing Kelley, Beltran, Sabathia and Cervelli.

Joe Girardi spoke about CC Sabathia on Sunday, and what he had to say did not sound very optimistic. "Is it a 15-day DL?" Girardi said, "It's going to be more than that, I can tell you that." Due to the nature of the treatment (his knee was drained and injected with stem cells), and the fact that it's not terribly common, there's no way to know how Sabathia's knee will respond. He's going to be meeting with Dr. Ahmad today to set up a rehab plan. It sounds like we shouldn't expect him back anytime soon.

Brian Cashman spoke (42:35 mark) to Buster Olney about the injury and it's looking like he could be out until at least July. CC won't return to a mound for another six weeks and then he'll need to rehab from there. If this is what they'll be dealing with, expect them to place CC on the 60-day disabled list. It goes without saying that they'll be eyeing any starting pitcher they could possibly acquire at the trade deadline and, if he's healthy, Manny Banuelos could also come into play. It would obviously be some time before we know everything for sure, but it's not looking good. 

Shawn Kelley is on track to rejoin the team by the end of their stay in Chicago, following a strained lumbar spine that put him on the DL a few weeks ago. According to Meredith Marakovits, the plan is for Kelley to play catch today and Tuesday, throw a bullpen session Wednesday, and make a rehab appearance on Friday. Barring any setbacks, he could join the team over the weekend in Chicago.

Carlos Beltran has received a second cortisone shot for the elbow pain that he has been experiencing, which gives reason to believe that the first one didn't help very much. He's going to meet with Dr. Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion on the bone spur diagnosis that he received. Girardi said that Beltran has intended to get a second opinion all along, and claimed that Beltran is feeling better, so it's not necessarily cause for concern. If the shots don't help, Beltran may require surgery that will keep him out of action anywhere for six-to-twelve weeks.

In case you forgot about Francisco Cervelli (like I did), he's been on the 60-day DL with a grade two hamstring strain for over a month now. As of May 12, the latest update is that he's worked his way up to running on a treadmill, though he's said that he still doesn't feel 100%. Poor Cervelli.

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