Coming off the worst three seasons of his career, winning a spot in the Opening Day rotation was not a sure thing last season for CC Sabathia. However, after a slow start, the big lefty appeared to be his vintage self and put together a dominant month of May in which he boasted a 25:5 K:BB and 1.04 ERA. He stayed healthy and brought a sub-3.00 ERA into the final week of June, and it looked as though he had finally figured out how to pitch around the drop in velocity he's experienced. Things unraveled in the second half, though, and the long ball largely did Sabathia in, as he surrendered 16 homers over his final 15 starts. Still, his 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP were his best marks since 2012, and he did more than enough to ensure he won't have to fight for a rotation spot again this spring. He won't be regaining his Cy Young form again, but at least he has shown that he can be useful in mixed leagues for prolonged stretches.
Sabathia (knee) has played catch at spring training, Matt Rourke of the Associated Press reports. Sabathia started a throwing program at the beginning of December, but there wasn't any word regarding the extent of said workouts heading into the Yankees' first day of spring training Tuesday. Fortunately, the 36-year-old is still expected to be in full health and take on the second or third spot in the rotation once the regular season rolls around.
Sabathia said Friday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and he will begin a throwing program next week, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports. He underwent a routine cleanup of his knee after the season, and is not expected to be limited heading into spring training. Sabathia is coming off his best year since 2012, as he managed a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. However, his 4.28 FIP and 152:65 K:BB in 179.2 innings suggest he may be due for a bit of regression in 2017. His spot in the Yankees' rotation is safe heading into the final year of his contract.
The Yankees announced that Sabathia underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery for a routine cleanup Tuesday. Sabathia was not dealing with any sort of serious knee injury, but with a few months to recover during the offseason, it was determined that he would go under the knife in order to fix whatever damage he was dealing with. The Yankees did not reveal how long Sabathia will need to recover from Tuesday's procedure, but the team does expect him to be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Sabathia will have a "routine cleanup" of his right knee this month but it will not affect his status for the 2017 season, the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera reports. He is coming off his best season since 2012, logging a 3.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 152 strikeouts in 179.2 innings. Those aren't exciting numbers, and his 4.28 FIP suggests it might not be completely sustainable, but at least he's back on the radar as a late-round innings eater heading into 2017.
Sabathia (9-12) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over 7.1 innings in Thursday's win over the Red Sox. Sabathia threw a gem in his final start of the year, lasting a season-high 7.2 innings while dominating a dangerous Red Sox lineup. He won't get a chance to pitch in the postseason, as the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention despite the victory. A strong finish helped the 36-year-old lefty lower his ERA to below 4.00 for the first time since 2012.