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Yankees’ Sabathia set for knee surgery

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee.

The Yankees said Wednesday that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad will operate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Sabathia is to begin his pre-spring training routine three-to-six weeks after the operation.

He was 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA in his second season with the Yankees, then was 2-0 with a 5.63 ERA in three postseason starts.

The New York Post first reported that Sabathia would need surgery.

ALDERSON METS’ GM?

Sandy Alderson has been selected by the New York Mets to be their new general manager, Sports Illustrated reported on its website late Tuesday night.

Citing unidentified sources, SI said the team could announce the move as soon as Friday.

Alderson met with the Mets’ ownership group Tuesday, and the team said it wouldn’t comment any further on the search until it is ready to announce its next GM.

Alderson, the former president of the Oakland Athletics and chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres, met Tuesday with Mets controlling owner Fred Wilpon, his son Jeff, and club president Saul Katz.

Alderson and former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes were brought back for a second round of interviews this week as the two finalists to replace Omar Minaya, fired along with manager Jerry Manuel after the team’s second consecutive losing season.

The club has said its new GM will lead the search for the next Mets manager.

KNIFE FOR POLANCO

Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco will have surgery on his left elbow Friday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Polanco will have bone fragments removed from his elbow, in addition to having his extensor tendon repaired. He is expected to need eight to 10 weeks of recovery.

He hit .298 with six homers and 52 RBI for the NL East champions.

SHORT HOPS

The Yankees declined 2011 options on first baseman-designated hitter Lance Berkman, reliever Kerry Wood and oft-injured first baseman Nick Johnson, and exercised their option on pitching prospect Andrew Brackman. Berkman gets a $2 million buyout, and Johnson receives a $250,000 buyout. The Toronto Blue Jays exercised their $1.2 million option for catcher Jose Molina, keeping the defensive specialist with the team through 2011. The 35-year-old catcher batted .246 with four doubles, a career-high six home runs and 12 RBI.

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