Spring Training is known as a time for players to shake off the rust and prepare for the upcoming regular season.
In CC Sabathia‘s case, he only has exactly two weeks till Opening Day in order to get his stuff right. And many wonder if he’ll be ready after he was brought slowly along in camp following minor knee surgery.
The good news is, Sabathia was able to go four innings, which easily beats his prior start of only recording two outs in the first inning. He also gave up less runs; three runs in four innings versus six in one inning.
However, the Yankees have agreed Sabathia isn’t where he needs to be before Opening Day.
“I thought he was better today,” manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in an exhibition loss on Saturday afternoon. “I’m more concerned that his stuff is right than the results.”
While Sabathia is struggling now, we have to remember Spring Training numbers aren’t going to count once April 2nd comes around. However, after a few off seasons by the Yankees lefty, many are left to wonder about Sabathia’s effectiveness in 2017.
“I felt good,” Sabathia said. “Obviously I want to make better pitches there at the end, but I thought overall I felt good. I’m just getting better and kind of building. I thought the changeup was good; the cutter was good for the most part today; the backdoor slider (too). It feels like it’s coming along pretty good.”
Sabathia believes he’ll be ready in time for April, and aims to have a positive outlook for the remainder of the Spring.
“Just keep working and not get complacent, I guess, down here,” Sabathia said. “Just keep making sure that the pitches keep making the action they’re supposed to be making, and we did a good job of that today.
“I have to work. I can’t really let up. For me it’s just a mental battle to stay in it and keep working hard every day.”