New York Yankees: Baby steps from Sabathia

He is one of three New York Yankees starters on the disabled list this season, but CC Sabathia will have his first rehab start on Saturday after being out for the past six weeks.

Sabathia has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury since early May, but yesterday he completed his first simulated game in Tampa, Florida. He tossed two innings, apparently without experiencing pain. CC Sabathia

“Everything came out well,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Obviously, you’re curious to see how he feels tomorrow, but he felt it was successful.”

That’s encouraging to hear. The hope is for him to come back by the All- Star break mid July, but according to Girardi it’s still up in the air. For now the focus is this Saturday. The plan for Sabathia is to throw 40-45 pitches with Class A Advanced Tampa. Baby steps first.

With the three starters out this season (Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Sabathia) it has given us (as fans) a chance to see what the rotation is like without them and… it can use some work. Not to say the current rotation is terrible, it has given us a chance to see Chase Whitley step up from being a reliever, as well as allowed Masahiro Tanaka a chance to flourish into being a possible Rookie of the Year or Cy Young award recipient. But then there actually is the terrible part which would be Vidal Nuno going 1-4 with an embarrassing 5.88 ERA.

Having Sabathia back in the rotation is important for the current starters. It could give them a veteran to support them out in order to help boost their own performance.

Before Sabathia was sidelined on May 11th, he was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA, but those numbers could be due to the pain he was experiencing in his knee before being taken out. Who really knows though…

Hopefully the time off in recovery for his knee has been good for him, giving him time to recharge physically and mentally so he can come back refreshed and ready to play. Of course I’m expecting him to be a bit rocky in his performances when and if he returns. It takes time to bounce back from an injury. It will just be comforting to see a familiar face in the rotation again.

With the trade rumors buzzing, it’s obvious the Yankees are in need of and are looking for a starting pitcher to add to their rotation. David Price is a likely candidate, but I don’t think the Yankees will acquire him nor do I think he will be a good fit. As for now, lets hope Saturday goes well for Sabathia.

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