Dimmed New York Yankees star CC Sabathia wants ‘to pitch the next five or six years’

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A slimmed Californian, Sabathia is a solid candidate for Cooperstown.

According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand, tamed Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA), who underwent the knife to remove a bone spur in his left elbow in October 2012, won’t return this season.

Nevertheless, Sabathia doesn’t immediately require the dreaded microfracture procedure that could have jeopardized his career.

“I was very concerned,” said Sabathia, 34, a six-time All-Star who earned the 2007 AL Cy Young Award.

“I told my wife last night, ‘My season is over, but it was the first time I was able to get some real sleep,’ just knowing that I don’t have to have the microfracture and I can return next year.”

With two-years and $48 million remaining on his contract, Sabathia is expected to recover within six to eight weeks.

[Oklahoma City Thunder guard] Russell Westbrook had the same surgery and was able to come back,” said Sabathia, one of the smartest free agent pickups in the annals of New York’s storied franchise.

“Obviously, you have to deal with a little bit of swelling here and there, but that is something I have to deal with. My goal is to pitch the next five or six years, past this contract. I’m confident that I can do that.”

Since inking a seven-year deal worth $161 million to become a Yankee in December 2008, Sabathia’s gone 91-46 (.664) with a 3.59 ERA.

The 2009 ALCS MVP also finished in the top five in Cy Young Award voting for three consecutive years.

Overall, Sabathia has amassed a record of 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA since debuting for the Cleveland Indians in April 2001.

Somewhat oddly, after shedding in excess of 40 pounds, the 6-foot-7 Sabathia became brittle and his fastball slowed to around 90 mph.

The Yankees are currently 49-47 and sit 3.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.

As a unit, with their rotation in tatters and Sabathia shelved, the Bombers aren’t going to capture their 28th World Series crown this October.

Individually, despite two straight substandard campaigns, Sabathia “can return next year.”

Furthermore, although unlikely, don’t entirely dismiss CC Sabathia’s goal “to pitch the next five or six years.”

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