Yankees’ Sabathia put off surgery for WS hopes

Near the end of another injured-list stint due to a balky right knee, New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said Tuesday he has passed on season-ending surgery because his team is in title contention.Sabathia made it clear a World Series title helped him through stints on the IL.”It’s the only thing,” Sabathia told the New York Post. “I think if this team wasn’t in a position to win a championship, I probably would have had the surgery a long time ago.”Sabathia, 39, has made four total trips to the IL this season, which he has said will be his last. The three most recent — May 23-June 2, July 28-Aug. 18 and Aug. 31 to his expected return Wednesday — have been caused by his right knee. He had fluid drained from the knee and a cortisone shot at the end of August.Despite all of the speed bumps, Sabathia said the 2019 season has gone “way better than I thought.””I didn’t think I was gonna get to this point, not with this knee,” said Sabathia, who plans to have the knee replaced after his career is over. “I think we knew coming into this season it was gonna be a battle. To still be able to have a chance to make starts is all I wanted.”

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