CC Sabathia
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New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia would’ve gotten surgery on his knee if his team wasn’t a World Series contender this year.

CC Sabathia is nearing the end of his major league career, and he’s hoping to prolong the very conclusion of it. The New York Yankees are 95-51 and legitimate World Series contenders.

With lingering issues in his knee, Sabathia could’ve very well gotten surgery this year. However, the long-time starting pitcher decided not to, due to the fact that his team is doing so well.

“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 said, per Dan Martin of the New York Post.

“This is way better than I thought,” Sabathia said of this season. “I didn’t think I was gonna get to this point, not with this knee. 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.”

Sabathia is 5-8 on the season. He’s currently posting an ERA of 4.93 and a WHIP of 1.395 through 20 starts (100.1 innings pitched).

There’s a possibility that CC won’t be in the starting rotation and could come out of the bullpen when the postseason rolls around. Regardless of his role, Sabathia says he’s “good for it.”

The Yankees are in the midst of a 10-game road trip at the moment. They finally return home on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a six-game homestand, including three games against the Angels and three against the Blue Jays.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.