New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) sits in the dug out after giving up five runs and leaving the game in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will visit Dr. James Andrews

It was announced on Sunday that the New York Yankees had placed left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list as a result of a knee issue, and on Monday, Yankees fans were subjected to three words that no baseball wants to hear about one of “their” guys.

Dr. James Andrews.

Bryan Hoch of reports that Sabathia is headed to see Dr. Andrews this week:

Already on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has requested to see Dr. James Andrews for a precautionary visit, general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday.

Cashman first revealed Sabathia’s intentions in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Kay on 98.7 FM in New York, noting that Sabathia “typically likes to follow up everything with Andrews.” Sabathia is also scheduled to see team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday.

Even if everything goes swimmingly with Dr. Andrews (which rarely seems to happen), Sabathia has been anything but himself this season. The big left-hander has a 5.28 ERA through eight starts (allowing 10 home runs) and his velocity has been noticeably down from his established norms.

The best case scenario at this point is for Andrews to report that the initial prognosis was an accurate one, but if that happens, Sabathia will be on the shelf for a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

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