“Given obviously the number of things that have gone on, we'll have to be careful with him,” Cashman said Friday. “Hopefully next year will be a different story.”
The team all but ruled out Sabathia returning in 2014 after he had a setback early this month while he was on a minor league rehab assignment. He was hit hard July 2 in an outing for Double-A Trenton and woke up the next morning with swelling in the knee joint.
One positive is that Sabathia, who turns 34 on Monday, will not have microfracture surgery Wednesday, which would require a longer recovery. Cashman said it will be an “arthroscopic debridement” — basically, a cleanup procedure.
The six-time All-Star and 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee since mid-May, when his ERA reached a career-high 5.28.
Atlanta requested unconditional release waivers for 34-year-old second baseman Dan Uggla, a three-time All-Star who was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games and lost his starting job in late May. . . . San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti is expected to miss the Giants' seven-game trip after experiencing vertigo on the team's flight to Miami. The plane made an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas so he could receive medical attention. . . . Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee, who missed nine weeks because of an elbow strain, is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Monday against the Giants. . . . The Yankees activated designate hitter Carlos Beltran from the seven-day concussion disabled list.