"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