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CC Sabathia will make spring debut Friday

Mar 10, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

CC Sabathia AP

Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, recovering from off-season surgery to remove a bone spur in his left elbow, will make his spring debut on Friday, reports MLB.com’s Adam Berry:

“Felt good today, no problems. I felt strong. I’m ready to go,” Sabathia said. “I’m working pretty hard and trying to throw all my pitches and make it as game-like as possible. I’m getting good work out of it.”

The big left-hander hasn’t had to see a doctor since he reported to Spring Training, and his throwing elbow hasn’t bothered him at all during his last two throwing sessions. Sabathia said he threw a little bit harder Sunday than he had before this spring.

During the 2012 regular season, Sabathia tossed exactly 200 innings with a 3.38 ERA. However, he did lose 1.5 miles per hour on his fastball, according to FanGraphs. Sabathia is hopeful a healthier elbow will allow him to recover that velocity. The Yankees, already dealing with their fair share of injuries, would love nothing more than a fully-recovered Sabathia to take the hill on Opening Day against the Red Sox.

  1. vallewho - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Good luck CC.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Another Yankee rises from the infirmary to join the fray. There is still some life in the Yankee team.

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