CC Sabathia hasn’t been a huge fixture in the Yankees dugout during games, but he showed up at the Yankees clubhouse earlier this afternoon to give an update on his knee.
“I feel great right now,” Sabathia said. “I do feel pretty confident. I didn’t know going into it. I woke up (after the procedure), my leg was stiff, and I didn’t know what was going on. But three, four days later, I felt pretty good. And I’ve been feeling good ever since.”
Sabathia said he had been playing catch sitting in a chair since having the stem cell injection and he’s also been throwing batting practice to his son in the indoor cage. Sabathia hasn’t done much baseball work, but that’s going to change this week since he’s going to play catch for the first time since going on the DL.
“I think I’ll be at ease once I play catch, outside, standing up,” Sabathia said. “So this week, we should have a little more clarity about how long it’s going to be.”
So how long will CC Sabathia be out for the Yankees now? They estimate about six weeks, putting Sabathia either at the very end of June or in the beginning of July, barring a setback. Sabathia knows a lot of players haven’t had this type of treatment but he did talk to Amar’e Stoudemire, who had a similar injection in his knee. All Sabathia wants to do is go out there and pitch and he could very well be on his way there.
—Shawn Kelley will throw a simulated game on Wednesday. If he gets through the simulated game okay, then he could move on to a rehab game.
— There’s no news on the Mark Teixeira front. Instead the Yankees will ask Teixeira tomorrow how his wrist is coming along.
— It seems highly unlikely David Robertson will be available tonight, considering he threw over 20 pitches in his last two outings. Girardi said he might use Robertson depending on the situation but with Felix Hernandez pitching, I wouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch.
— Girardi was asked if the Yankees were overwhelmed about facing Felix Hernandez, especially since the offense hasn’t been good of late. “Oh, I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “They obviously know that they have to put good at-bats on him, just like they would any other day. I don’t think it necessarily plays into their mind, so we’ll approach it like any other day.”