Sunday, February 17, 2013
By Jason Catania
The numbers might not show it much, but CC Sabathia would probably tell you that 2012 was a tough season for him.
The New York Yankees left-hander made two trips to the disabled list last year, one for a strained groin and another due to an inflamed left elbow -- the latter of which marked the first time in his career he was DL'd due to an arm problem. Sabathia then underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow after the season.
Sabathia, though, has said he feels good and that his recovery is going well, and on Saturday, he threw off a mound at the Yanks spring training site -- for the first time since the procedure, per Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. Matthews noted that New York will be cautious with Sabathia this spring, as he's not expected to start a preseason game until early March.
The Yankees will again feature Sabathia atop a rotation that will look very similar to the 2012 version. His role as the club's ace cannot be overstated, so the team's conservative approach makes sense, especially given the two injuries that cropped up for the burly southpaw last year, not to mention that he will turn 33 this year and has thrown the most innings in baseball over the past five seasons (1158 IPs).