CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session as if he was going to start today, leaving it all on the field while testing the his knee. The next stop for Sabathia is a live batting practice session in Tampa and hopefully he’ll get to move onto facing hitters in a simulated game.
“I got after it a little bit, and I have been in the bullpens,” he said. “This is the time to test it, and I will when I’m down there in Tampa. It’s not just like rehabbing, I really do need to test it to see if I can do it. I feel like I feel pretty good. I’m optimistic. I feel like I’ll be able to go. If I didn’t I would be out there trying to put us through this, because I know how much it affected me, how good it didn’t feel. Just putting the team in a bad spot. But I feel good.”
Joe Girardi and the Yankees are encouraged with Sabathia’s latest bullpen session, and they’re looking forward to when they could get their ace back. They plan to get him back after the All-Star Break which is three weeks from now and Sabathia is going to need some rehab starts before he can take his place in the rotation. He admits it’s been tough watching the team while he’s physically done nothing, but he’s looking forward to helping Yankees chase for 28.
“I’ve been sitting around here just feeling sorry for myself, just watching the team grind,” Sabathia said. “It’s tough. You want to be out there helping these guys, so I feel better that I do have a little light where I can see hopefully getting out there, helping.”
“Tino brought an edge. He brought a real edge to the game. He had high expectations, and I actually remember there was one day, him and O’Neill – I was kind of in between their lockers – and they were arguing. Paul was jealous of the home runs Tino was hitting, and Tino was jealous of the average that Paul had. And I’m thinking, ‘Shut up! I don’t need to hear this. Here I’m fighting to hit .260, .270 and one of you has got 25 homers, the other is hitting .325. I don’t need to hear this. I don’t feel bad for either one of you.’ But that’s how they were.”
— Kelly Johnson is back in the Yankees lineup after hurting his fingers while trying to bunt. Seems he went through batting practice okay, or he’d be scratched.
— There’s no results on Michael Pineda‘s MRI as of yet–which is actually quite odd considering the MRI was done yesterday morning. No news is good news, right?
— There’s no denying Carlos Beltran‘s home run last night was huge but does Girardi think the pressure is now off him as a first year veteran Yankee?
“I think it can,” Girardi said. “But he was swinging the bat well before that homer. I know it took him a little while to get going once he came back in the arm brace, but it kind of started in Oakland that last day and got him going. Obviously I think that can relax a player.”