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CC Sabathia pleased with spring debut

Mar 16, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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CC Sabathia made his spring debut yesterday against the Marlins and it went about as well as the Yankees could have hoped for. In his first game action since October surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, Sabathia allowed two runs over five innings while walking one and striking out a pair.

Sabathia was touched up for two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning, but he kept the Marlins off the board the rest of the way. He was clocked around 90 mph, down a little bit from his usual velocity, but the veteran southpaw told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he is satisfied with where he is at this point of the spring. Of course, the most important thing is that his elbow wasn’t an issue.

“I started letting it go early and didn’t have any problems. I felt good,” Sabathia said. “I’ll just keep building in the bullpen, make sure my fastball command gets better and just go from there.”

Sabathia is projected to make two more Grapefruit League starts leading up to his Opening Day assignment against the Red Sox on April 1.

  1. cur68 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    A piece of good Empire news? First I’ve seen in quite some time. Good for Cap’n Crunch. That’s the worst thing about being on Doom Watch™ 24/7: all the bad news gets depressing after a while. So, at last, a bit of good news. But, of course, we all know that the price of fire was, ultimately, the greatest curse of all: Hope.

    “Son of Iapetus, surpassing all in cunning, you are glad that you have outwitted me and stolen fire–a great plague to you yourself and to men that shall be. But I will give men as the price for fire an evil thing in which they may all be glad of heart while they embrace their own destruction.”
    -Hesiod, Works and Days lns. (ca. 700 BCE)

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      So you’re saying Yankees fans are in the Lazarus Pit?

      • cur68 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        That’s “Lazarus Pit of DOOOOM™!!!!!”

    • bigharold - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      “.. the greatest curse of all: Hope.”

      As in the Beaverman adding a few players????

      Fear the Old Brittle Yankees!!

      • cur68 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Ok. I will fear. I will fear for their hips, knees, and backs. Osteoporosis is a mo-fo.

      • bigharold - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        That’s messed up, .. funny but messed up.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Am i reading this correctly? He went 5IP on his first spring training start?

    • djpostl - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Yeah lol. Say whatever you want to about the guy not being as dominant as he used to be but the guy is a horse.

    • bigharold - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Yes, 5 IP but only 65 or so pitches so to a degree it was a matter of efficiency. A bit wild but he looked GOOOD!

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