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Yankees Notes: Sabathia surgery; Beltran returns

Sabathia to have season-ending surgery

Bronx, NY ( – New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee next week.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sabathia will undergo the surgery on Wednesday, according to the team’s official website.

Sabathia, 33, last started for the Yankees on May 10. The former Cy Young Award winner underwent an MRI exam on July 3 after swelling developed in his knee following a rehab start at Double-A Trenton the day before.

The left-hander, who has a degenerative knee condition, struggled in eight starts this season, posting a 5.28 ERA and a 3-4 record.

The Yankees lost each of the last three games he started.

Yanks’ Beltran returns from concussion DL

Bronx, NY ( – The New York Yankees will have veteran slugger Carlos Beltran back in the lineup when they begin their post-All Star break schedule Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Beltran, who broke his nose in two places while taking batting practice prior to a July 9 game at Cleveland, will bat sixth as the designated hitter in Friday’s matchup after being reinstated from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

The 37-year-old did not play in any of New York’s final seven games before the break, missing the first two tests of the Cleveland series with inflammation in his right knee. Beltran sustained the nasal fracture when he was struck by a batted ball that caromed off the screen in front of the pitcher’s mound during a hitting drill.

Beltran has battled injuries throughout his first season with the Yankees, resulting in a career-low .216 average. The eight-time All-Star has produced nine home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games thus far in 2014.

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