When C.C. Sabathia was struggling after returning from his second trip to the disabled list late this summer, many wondered if there was some residual issue with the elbow causing his problems. Sabathia maintained that there was nothing wrong with him, but today he acknowledged that he’s been feeling discomfort in the elbow in between starts for much of the season. Sabathia insisted that the pain did not cause his poor performances on the field, however, including in Game Four of the ALCS, but it’s enough of a concern that the Yankees’ ace will be seeing Dr. James Andrews about it next week. Suffice it to say, “Dr. Andrews” are the two words that you never want to hear in the same sentence as any pitcher, and if it turns out that Sabathia does need surgery, an already dour autumn could get even worse in the Bronx.
Update: Jon Heyman adds some details, relaying that the ligament in Sabathia’s elbow is believed to be fine, and the fear is that C.C. may have a bone spur that needs to be cleaned up. If that’s all it is, he wouldn’t be looking at missing any time in 2013. Of course, you would think that any ligament damage requiring surgery would have been picked up around the time Sabathia was on the disabled list with a sore elbow, but you never know.