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52 CC Sabathia SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/285 | Birthdate: 7/21/1980 | Birthplace: Vallejo, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $23,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 66/26 | Average Draft Position: 197.60
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Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia not concerned with runs allowed


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia isn't worried about how spring training has gone so far. The former Cy Young award winner doesn't care that his numbers, an 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings, look so bad, reports the New York Daily News.

"I don't give a (expletive) what stock (people) put in it," Sabathia said. "It is what it is. I've had spring trainings where I've given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I've had spring trainings like last year where I didn't give up no runs and I gave up five in the first game. Y'all can put stock in whatever you want. I'm not really worried about it."

Manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar mindset.

"The bottom line is that he's right Opening Day," Girardi said. "You try to evaluate his stuff and how you feel about that. What we've seen this year is much more positive than what we’ve seen the last, you know, in velocity, the discrepancy between that and the change up and slider, so now to me it's just ironing out and being more consistent."


Yankees tab Masahiro Tanaka for Opening Day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Blue Jays. It will be his first Opening Day start.

Girardi added Tanaka will be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Sabathia has started the last six openers for New York.

“We feel that’s the way it works the best. We feel that gives everybody a chance to be pretty ready,” Girardi said, per the New York Post. “Tanaka will be on a little bit of a pitch count the first time. We just like the way it works for our guys.”

The Yankees have not yet officially announced a fifth starter, but general manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this week Adam Warren is the favorite to land the final spot in the rotation.

Tanaka and Sabathia were considered the top two candidates to start Opening Day. However, Girardi held off in making the decision as he wanted to see how both pitchers responded this spring coming off injury-plagued campaigns in 2014. While Sabathia is coming off knee surgery, Tanaka did not undergo surgery last season for a partially torn UCL. Although, he did miss a few months due to the elbow injury.

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three spring starts. He also has 12 strikeouts to just one walk in 10 1/3 innings.


Report: Tanaka the favorite over Sabathia to start Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Masahiro Tanaka appears to be the favorite over CC Sabathia to start on Opening Day for the Yankees on April 6 against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, according to ESPN.

Sabathia has started on Opening Day 11 times, including the last six years with the Yankees. Tanaka has done it once, while pitching in Japan.

Tanaka went 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA last season, and has not allowed a run through 5 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play. Sabathia is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just eight starts in 2014. He owns a whopping 11.57 ERA this spring.


Yankees' CC Sabathia allows three home runs, feeling good


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pticher CC Sabathia endured a rough outing Sunday against the Mets, allowing four earned runs on five hits, including three home runs, while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings, but the pitcher said he's still feeling good in his return from arthroscopic knee surgery, MLB.com reports.

"I told [pitching coach Larry Rothschild] I felt a lot better than I did last spring and I didn't give up any runs," Sabathia said. "So I'd rather get my [behind] kicked and feel like I did [Sunday] than give up no runs and feel like I did last year."

Sabathia has posted an 11.57 ERA in his first two spring outings.


Yankees happy with CC Sabathia's progress


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is returning from knee surgery last summer, and the team is happy with the progress he's made. 

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Sabathia "hasn't missed a beat," per NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "His knee has responded really well to what they did with it this winter," he said.

Sabathia hit 93 MPH with his fastball in his first start of the spring. ""Whenever you have more velocity, there's bigger discrepancy between your fastball and change-up," manager Joe Girardi said. "And your slider's going to be sharper because there's more arm speed."


Masahiro Tanaka 'absolutely' wants to start Yankees' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he wants to be the Opening Day starter this season. 

Tanaka and CC Sabathia are believed to be manager Joe Girardi's two options for the honor. Sabathia has said that he doesn't care if he gets the call on Opening Day, Tanaka said he "absolutely" wants to pitch the opener, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Sabathia has started on Opening Day 11 times, including the last six years with the Yankees. Tanaka has done it once, while pitching in Japan. 


Girardi not ready to choose between CC, Tanaka for Opening Day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka are lining up to be the top candidates to start Opening Day for the Yankees. However, manager Joe Girardi isn't quite ready to choose between the two, per The Journal News.

“We’ll just see who’s ready,” Girardi said. “We have to see where (Sabathia’s)’s at. That’s been the whole thing all along here. We’ve been patient with him and Tanaka because we want to see where they’re at.

"I think the way we’re looking at it is, who’s ready? We want to make sure that person is ready, obviously. You look at the rotation and how does it benefit each guy? You’re the No. 1 guy on the day you pitch; that’s all that matters to me. Whether you’re the first starter, the second starter, you’re still that No. 1 guy and you’re still going to take your turn every five days or every six days if we have an off-day. I’m not a big believer of skipping people, so it’s just formality, really.

“Neither one of them (Sabathia or Tanaka) have made a lot of starts in spring training,” Girardi said. “So something could change our mind. I’m pretty open-minded about it right now. Obviously I’ll have to change my mind pretty soon, but right now, that’s not a huge decision for me.”


Yankees P CC Sabathia pleased with first start


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia overcame a bout with nerves on Tuesday to finish with a result that he was pleased with, according to MLB.com. It was his first start of spring training.

"That's the thing," the starting pitcher said. "It's weird. I think it was just the nerves of being in a game, so I never really settled in."

Sabathia worked through the first inning striking out one and forcing two others into grounding out. The second inning wasn't as kind as he gave up two runs.

"Obviously, you don't want to give up runs, but it being Spring Training, it is what it is," Sabathia said. "But just being able to command the baseball and let it go, throw it hard, it feels good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke of Sabathia's leadership in the clubhouse.

"You miss his personality," Girardi said. "There's something about having him and knowing that he's going every fifth day and it's a good feeling in the clubhouse, the way he brings a clubhouse together because of his personality, I think you miss that."


Yankees' Cashman: CC Sabathia is 'vitally important to our rotation'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia is scheduled to make his spring debut on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Sabathia reported no issues with his surgically repaired knee following a simulated game Thursday. He threw 29 pitches in simulated action, which manager Joe Girardi called a "success."

General manager Brian Cahsman said Sabathia "is vitally important to our rotation" this season and believes that he's ready for game action.

"We think he's ready to go, or we wouldn't be putting him in a game," Cashman said. "But I can't dismiss the fact that he's had a number of issues recently, including the knee thing."


Yankees SP CC Sabathia set for spring debut Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reported no issues with his surgically repaired knee following a simulated game Thursday, per the New York Post. He is expected to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Yankees' CC Sabathia tosses successful simulated game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) CC Sabathia threw 29 pitches in a simulated game Thursday, and the Yankees pitcher proclaimed that everything went well, per Newsday

"I'm not hurting. I feel good," Sabathia said. "That's the only way I'm judging myself right now."

Sabathia is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just eight starts in 2014. 


Yankees' CC Sabathia set to throw simulated game Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday, reports NJ.com.

Sabathia will throw 30 pitches during the game. He is coming back from knee surgery and said he is feeling good. He is wearing a knee brace, which he said is more like a security blanket.


CC Sabathia pitches live batting practice for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia continued his comeback from knee surgery with a 29-pitch live batting practice session against minor leaguers on Sunday. 

Sabathia's last pitch broke the bat of batter Greg Bird. 

Sabathia told the YES Network's Meredith Marakovits that he was pleased with his performance and was able to throw all of his pitches.

The next step for Sabathia will be a two-inning simulated game and then, possibly, he'll be ready to appear in a spring game. 


Yankees CC Sabathia: 'I'm healthy and pain-free'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is returning from knee surgery, which limited him to eight starts in 2014, but he said Thursday that he's "pain-free," the Star-Ledger reports.

"I'm excited that I'm healthy and pain-free," Sabathia said.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild believes that Sabathia can continue to be successful despite declining velocity in his fastball, which fell on average from 91.3 mph in 2013 to 89.6 mph in 2014, per Fangraphs.

"I think you saw a lot last year where [Sabathia] can get people out by pitching," Rothschild said. "He may have more in the tank than people think."

Manager Joe Girardi indicated that he's always considered Sabathia a location pitcher, saying that "there're a lot of pitchers who win a lot of games throwing 89 miles an hour."

Sabathia added that "everything feels great" this spring. He posted a 5.28 ERA and 48:10 K:BB ratio in 46 innings last season.


Yankees' Tanaka, Sabathia getting closer to pitching in spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Yankees starting pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia are progressing in their preparation for the start of the season, per MLB.com. 

Sabathia, who is coming off knee surgery, reported no issues after throwing 20 pitches in batting practice Thursday. Tanaka, who missed time in 2014 due to an elbow injury, will face hitters in a simulated game Friday.

Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia will throw one more sim game before making his spring debut. Tanaka, however, will have to wait a little longer for his first spring action.

"Last year, we were trying to learn [about] him, and he was trying to learn us and learn the league," Girardi said of Tanaka. "I think this year, it's just important that we do what we feel is best for him.

"These guys are going to compete and understand the work they have to get in, whether it's a simulated game or a regular game. You can say all you want it's competition, but the competition you're going to face in April is different than the competition you're going to face now, because guys don't stay in the whole game and you don't get to go through all your pitches. There's a little bit more of an edge come April 1."


Yankees' CC Sabathia expected to wear knee brace this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is planning to pitch this year with a brace on his right knee to stabilize when he is on the mound this year.

Sabathia had multiple platelet-rich plasma injections in his knee during the offseason and is hopeful to avoid more injections by wearing the brace, reports the New York Daily News.

"You're really not going to know until we get into the season and he's going every fifth day, how his leg is going to do," manager Joe Girardi said. "I've said all along, it’s a concern of mine. The fact that he’s wearing a brace or not wearing a brace doesn't concern me anymore."

Sabathia said the wearing the brace was "nothing out of the ordinary."


CC Sabathia not expected to be among Yankees' first spring starters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is not expected to be among the team's first starters this spring as he continues to focus on his return from knee surgery, MLB.com reports.

"We're taking it slow with him, knowing that we don't really think that he's behind and he's got plenty of time," Girardi said. "We're not rushing it because of his knee, and we want to take it step by step."

Giradi also added that he has no issues with Sabathia continuing to wear his knee brace during the season, though he has yet to talk to the team's trainers about it.

"I've said all along, you're really not going to know until we get into the season and he's going every fifth day, how his leg is going to do," Girardi said. "I've said all along, it's a concern of mine. The fact that he's wearing a brace or not wearing a brace doesn't concern me anymore. If [trainers] feel that he'll stay healthier wearing the brace, then I would tell him, wear the brace."

Sabathia was held to just eight starts last season, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA and 48:10 K:BB ratio in 46 innings.


Yankees' CC Sabathia reports to spring training at 305 pounds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia believes his weight loss in recent years had a bigger impact than he anticipated on his performance on the mound, according to the New York Daily News.

Sabathia trimmed his weight down and weight 275 pounds at the start of the 2014 season. He's now back up to 305 pounds, which is a weight Sabathia is happy to be at. When he won the Cy Young in 2007 with the Indians, Sabathia weighed over 300 pounds.

In 2013, Sabathia posted a 4.78 ERA in 32 games and in 2014. He managed a 5.28 ERA in just eight games, with his season cut short due to a knee injury that required surgery. Those numbers are far above his career ERA of 3.63.

Sabathia thinks adding the weight back on could help him get back to where he once was, even if his velocity isn't where it once was.

“I feel like this is a good weight,” Sabathia said. “I feel a little stronger. I feel my legs under me, being a lot stronger, and being able to push off the mound.”


Yankees' Sabathia still taking PRP shots to treat 'degenerative' knee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia told reporters that he's still taking PRP injections to treat his "degenerative" knee condition, according to Newsday. Sabathia, who has received three shots leading into camp, revealed that his surgically-repaired knee feels good and that he's ready to do "everything," per MLB.com.

"It feels good," Sabathia said. "It's something that I'm excited about -- just playing catch, long-toss, everything. I'm able to go 100 percent and not feel anything."

Sabathia said that as long as he regularly ices his knee to keep the swelling down, he shouldn't need another injection until the end of the first half.

Sabathia, 34, pitched just 46 innings in 2014, posting a 3-4 record with 48 strikeouts. His season was cut short on May 10 in Milwaukee, and as a result, he opted for surgery in July. 

"Not being able to play last year, and performing horribly in 2013, I have a lot to prove," Sabathia said. "I have to try to help this staff and help this team get back to the playoffs."


Rothschild: Yankees pondering using a sixth starter in April and May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday the team is considering using a sixth starter at times in April and May to help reduce a potential early strain on their rotation, per MLB.com. The Yankees have a stretch of 30 games in 31 days beginning April 17.

"It's a result of some of the stuff that's gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere," Rothschild said. "We're aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can."

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Capuano are expected to make up the team's five-man rotation. However, Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda were all injured last season, as the Yankees used 13 starting pitchers.

Bryan MitchellEsmil RogersAdam Warren and Chase Whitley are some of the other pitchers that will be stretched out this spring.

"It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to," Rothschild said. "There's a good chance every team in baseball won't, so it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as a sixth starter."


Yankees' Rothschild not sure what to expect from Sabathia in '15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia told ESPN on Monday that he wants to make 30 starts in 2015 after being limited to eight starts in 2014 due to a knee injury. However, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild isn't ready to put any expectations on the veteran left-handed hurler, who is coming off July knee surgery.

“I really don’t know right now,” Rothschild said of what to expect from Sabathia, per the New York Post. “He’s coming off the knee [surgery], and that seems to be good. Throwing-wise, the arm is good, so it’s just hard to tell. I know he needs to pitch this spring. Even if it’s [simulated] games. He needs to be on the mound as much as we can do without pushing him into any kind of trauma.

“He hasn’t pitched much the last two years, so you’ve got to watch his arm, too. There’s a lot we have to pay attention to. He’s got… [to] know how his body feels.”


Yankees SP CC Sabathia looking to make 30 starts in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia hopes to make at least 30 starts in 2015 after being limited to eight starts in 2014 due to a right knee injury. He underwent season-ending surgery in July.

"That was the shortest year, having my year cut short by injury last year," Sabathia told ESPN. "Hopefully this year I can go out and try to make 30 starts and just be healthy and try to help the team win."


Yankees cautiously optimistic for CC Sabathia in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday his hoping to see pitcher CC Sabathia pitch 200 innings in 2015 after having his 2014 season cut short by a knee injury.

"I don't know if we're gong to see number one or two [in the rotation]," Cashman said. "But we do expect the high-end ability. The biggest thing we have to hope we stay away from is the home run ball."

Sabathia pitched just 46 innings in 2014, posting a 3-4 record with 48 strikeouts.

"The strikeouts and walks are in line with his previous years totals," Cashman said. "If we can get him healthy and keep him healthy, I think he's going to be a positive force in the rotation."


Yankees' CC Sabathia says his knee feels 'fine'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said his surgically-repaired knee feels "fine," according to the New York Daily News.

Sabathia had season-ending knee surgery in July, but was throwing from flat ground in September. He's progressed since then, and believes he'll start throwing bullpens by the end of the month. Sabathia added that he doesn't feel any pain heading into spring training. "I feel good, I don’t have any pain, no nothing," Sabathia said. "My arm feels good."

Sabathia posted a 5.28 ERA over 46 innings last year. 


Report: Yankees LHP Sabathia loses his cool at airport


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Yankees veteran left-hander CC Sabathia "started freaking out" after missing a light Saturday morning from Newark International Aiaport to Jamaica, per TMZ Sports.

A Port Authority spokesman claimed that officers were called to the terminal during the dispute.