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CC Sabathia threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon at Yankee Stadium and declared himself ready to pitch on Friday against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
“I felt good. I’ll throw a bullpen again on Tuesday and the plan is to be ready to go on Friday,” Sabathia said.
Sabathia said he felt no discomfort in his left elbow and, though he probably wouldn’t have mentioned the injury on his own, says that he believes it was the right decision to go on the disabled list for some time to heal.
“Looking back on it now, yeah,” he said. “It’s the same thing as with the groin. I probably wouldn’t have said anything, but I woke up that morning and couldn’t move my arm or touch my shoulder. I had to come in, but looking back, I pleaded my case to not go on the DL. After throwing today and the past couple of days, the way I felt, it seemed like that was the best way to go.”
CC Sabathia has placed his bet for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby on Yankees teammate Robinson Cano:
“He’s going to win, for sure. You’ve seen him hit; you’ve seen him take BP. It’s so easy. It’s not a max-effort swing. His swing is so consistent and he doesn’t have to try. I think he’ll win easily.”
CC Sabathia is back in his Spring Training 2011 shape, reporting at a more svelte 290 lbs. or so, a very similar look to where he was when he came in 12 months ago. Now, the key for Sabathia is staying there, something the Yankees have talked to him about.
“It’s just making sure I stay healthy and be able to keep it off,” said Sabathia, who lost about 10 to 15 pounds this winter. “It’s important to me to make sure I get in a good routine and keep it. I’ve got a lot of help here, so it shouldn’t be hard.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he called Sabathia to Yankee Stadium over the winter to relay the importance of keeping his physique in check, a meeting attended by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
“CC is one of our hardest workers, he really is,” Cashman said. “He’s obviously a big man and he’s pitched with weight his whole career. Some people do that. But obviously over time you have to be careful and watch your diet. That was the focal point of our conversation.”
Sabathia also said that watching A.J. Burnett head off to the Pirates is a difficult situation for him personally. Their families grew close as they were linked coming to New York at the same time; even having their Yankee Stadium press conference on the same day.
“We came into this thing together, and it’s just tough to see him go,” Sabathia said. “But I think it’s the best for him, and we just move on. It’s part of the game, he’s been around a long time, and I think he understands. … A change of scenery, sometimes that does well for guys, and hopefully that can do well for him.”
Granderson heard about Sabathia’s extension in Taiwan, where he is helping lead a squad of Major Leaguers – including teammate Robinson Cano – on an international trip.
“It’s a great thing,” Granderson said. “It’s a bit of a relief, not only on their side, but just knowing that he’s happy, too. When you have a player that’s happy, he’s going to be able to go out there and perform at his best. And sure enough, he is happy and that’s the reason why he’s definitely remaining.”
Sabathia’s new deal guarantees him $122 million over five years. There’s also a vesting $25 million option for 2017, and Granderson considers it all money well spent.
“We saw him adapt and get in the way he did, and have success the way he did, and just continue to get better and better,” Granderson said. “And it’s the place to do it, on the biggest stage in all of baseball. Anything else besides the New York Yankees – especially after winning the ring and the Cy Young as he has in the past and with the potential to do it again – I didn’t expect anything different but for him to be in pinstripes.”
Thanks to MLB.com’s Doug Miller for catching up with Granderson in Taiwan.
An odd rain delay to start the second game of the night here at the Stadium — only the mound and tarp were covered. We’re on target for an estimated 8:05 p.m. ET start time.
Here are tonight’s lineups for Game 2 —
September 21, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 7:05 p.m. ET (YES/ESPN, WCBS 880 AM)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon DH
Sean Rodriguez SS
Casey Kotchman 1B
Brandon Guyer RF
Kelly Shoppach C
Pitching: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (13-10, 2.91)
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (19-8, 3.01)