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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%: 22/2 | Average Draft Position: 181.97
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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.


Yankees hope CC Sabathia can be asset for middle of the rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) While the Yankees are optimistic about starting pitcher CC Sabathia bouncing back from knee surgery, general manager Brian Cashman is also realistic about the expectations moving forward for the 34-year-old hurler.

"We look forward to him in spring training," Cashman told NBC New York, per NJ.com. "He's rehabbing right now. He had the knee surgery. I don't think the velocity is ever going to return, but I do think that you're going to see a guy that can pitch in the middle of our rotation and give us the innings that we obviously desperately need. So he'll be an asset, we hope, for us as we move forward. But until he's back there every five days, doing what we're used to seeing him do, there's a little bit of a question mark there."


Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

"The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."


Yankees clear four from 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Yankees have cleared CC Sabathia, Slade Heathcott, Ivan Nova and Martin Prado from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Sabathia had knee surgery in July, but has been throwing since September. Nova had Tommy John surgery in April, and is in the process of recovery. Prado had an appendectomy in September. 


Yankees SP CC Sabathia nearly '100 percent'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia said Tuesday that he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent" and expects a full 200-inning workload in 2015, MLB.com reports.

"It's definitely a huge relief," Sabathia said. "I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason."

Sabathia, who underwent season-ending knee surgery in July, starting throwing off flat ground in late September and plans to report to spring training early.


CC Sabathia throwing for first the time since surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia threw for the first time since having knee surgery, ESPN New York reports Monday. Sabathia had season-ending surgery in late July before receiving a stem cell injection in early August. He should be fully recovered by spring training.

CC Sabathia has bone spur removed during surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia revealed Tuesday that he had a bone spur shaved off while undergoing surgery on his injured knee last week, MLB.com reports.

"[The bone spur] was something we didn't know," Sabathia said. "[Dr. Neal ElAttrache] got in there and saw it, and was able to shave that out of there. I think that was good -- having him go in there and at least get a scope in there and see what is going on, try and put a plan together going forward."

Sabathia is set to have a stem-cell injection in the knee, and he should have a normal rest period before beginning preparation for spring training. He will continue to have pain in the knee moving forward, as he has no cartilege remaining between the bones, but it's something he and the team will manage.


CC Sabathia's surgery goes 'as planned'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Yankees announced that pitcher CC Sabathia's knee surgery Wednesday went "as planned," reports the New York Daily News. The 34-year-old lefty aims to be back for the start of spring training.

CC Sabathia avoiding microfracture surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Though his season is over due to knee surgery, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia actually avoided a worst-case scenario, after Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed he will avoid a microfracture surgery. 

"He feels good about it and I do, too," Sabathia told MLB.com Saturday. "[NBA star] Russell Westbrook had the same surgery and was able to come back and be fine. Obviously, you have to deal with a little bit of swelling here and there, but that's something I have to deal with.

Sabathia will instead undergo and athroscopic debridement procedure in his right knee to clear out damage. He is aiming to be back by the start of spring training, after tossing a career-low 46 innings this season, with a 5.28 ERA.

Sabathia did note that the surgery he has opted for could leave him vulnerable to further issues down the road, but allows the straightest path to pitching again. He will be able to resume physical activities in six to eight weeks.

"It's something that I'm going to have to deal with probably for the rest of my life and eventually have a big surgery," Sabathia said. "Right now, the goal is to keep playing and this is the easiest way to do it."


CC Sabathia to have season-ending knee surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have season-ending knee surgery, according to Newsday.

Sabathia was set to have his knee examined Friday, and it was determined he would have surgery. The club hopes to have Sabathia back next spring. He posted a 5.28 ERA over 46 innings prior to the injury.


CC Sabathia to undergo knee examination Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is scheduled to have his injured right knee examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache Friday, the New York Post reports.

Sabathia cancelled his appointment with Dr. James Andrews, which was scheduled for Monday, and he's expected to receive opinions from Dr. ElAttrache and one other specialist. Manager Joe Girardi said earlier this month that Sabathia is likely done for the remainder of the season, but the pitcher has yet to be officially ruled out.


CC Sabathia cancels appointment with Dr. James Andrews


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has cancelled his appointment with Dr. James Andrews, which was originally scheduled for Monday, MLB.com reports. Sabathia, who could be in danger of missing the remainder of the season with a knee injury, is currently seeking opinions from two other doctors.

CC Sabathia to see Dr. James Andrews about knee


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia might require knee surgery that could end his season, but that will not be known until he meets with a specialist.

Sabathia is set to meet with Dr. James Andrews July 14 to determine the best course of action according to MLB.com, leaving his status moving forward in limbo for more than a week. Stanton suffered a setback with his right knee following a rehab start Wednesday, and manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com it is "probably fair to say" Sabathia could miss the rest of the season. Sabathia may even require microfracture surgery on the knee.

"That's always a possibility when you have a degenerative knee," Girardi said. "That could be one of the steps. That's a surgery that a lot of players don't want to hear that they need to have. It's a pretty long rehab."


Manager: CC Sabathia likely done for year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Joe Girardi admitted that Yankees veteran left-hander CC Sabathia is probably out for the season. Asked if that can be assumed if Sabathia is indeed destined for microfracture surgery on his knee, Girardi answered in the affirmative.

Sabathia has not pitched since May 10 and it is now feared that his career could be over.


Report: CC Sabathia could need microfracture surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Yankees veteran left-hander CC Sabathia could require microfracture surgery on his knee, which would call into question his long-term future on the mound, according to ESPN.

Sabathia has been sidelined since May 10 with inflammation that has not subsided. His timetable for a return, even without surgery, remains unknown.


CC Sabathia to meet with Dr. James Andrews next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will be shut down for at least a week in order to meet with Dr. James Andrews to determine how to proceed with his injured knee, the Star-Ledger reports.

An MRI on the knee Thursday revealed about the same level of swelling in the knee as it had when he was placed on the disabled list on May 11, which has the team concerned. Sabathia told the Yankees Thursday morning that his knee was swollen after making his second rehab start the previous night. He remains without a timetable for return until at least he has a chance to consult with Dr. Andrews.