NEW YORK — Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is on crutches and unlikely to return before July 1 because of a right knee injury, GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.
Cashman told the network that Sabathia has some breakdown of cartilage, which caused the pain, swelling and fluid buildup that sent him to the disabled list on May 11.
Sabathia visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews last week and was given a stem-cell injection, a painful procedure that left the 33-year-old on crutches.
"It's an unpredictable time frame," Cashman said. "I'd say you're talking at least six weeks until you see him on a major-league mound again."
Cashman said Sabathia would need to keep weight off his knee for some time before beginning workouts.
GOOD NEWS FOR SLUGGER: White Sox rookie 1B Jose Abreu was prescribed rest for his inflamed left ankle after an MRI exam showed no structural damage. Abreu, 27, who leads the majors with 15 homers, left Saturday's game against the Astros with a limp in the seventh inning and went on the disabled list Sunday.
INDIANS: DH Jason Giambi, out since May 4 with a strained calf, is expected to be activated from the disabled list today, manager Terry Francona said.
MARLINS: INF Miguel Tejada, who is serving a 105-game suspension he began last year for testing positive for an amphetamine, signed a minor-league contract. He would be eligible to play June 10. … RH reliever Carlos Marmol, who had an 8.10 ERA in 15 appearances, passed through waivers and was released.
NATIONALS: RHP Blake Treinen, who has a 0.77 ERA in 112/3 innings of mostly bullpen duty this season, will replace injured LHP Gio Gonzalez in the rotation, manager Matt Williams said.
REDS: 1B Joey Votto sat out for the fourth straight game with a distal quadriceps strain in his left knee.