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The big man is ready

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CC Sabathia threw 28 pitches this afternoon. He got a swing on his second pitch and broke Mike Rivera’s bat on a fly ball to center.

“They didn’t take many swings,” Sabathia said. “But it’s good to have that hitter judge your pitches… It doesn’t matter whether they swing or not.”

Sabathia faced Rivera, Marcus Thames, Randy Winn and Nick Johnson. Thames popped one up into the cage, Winn hit a ground ball and Johnson (of course) took every pitch he saw. Rivera, actually, was the star of the show. After the broken bat, he grounded one to short, grounded one to second and got his revenge with a hard-hit ball to center field.

Is Sabathia ready to finally pitch in a game?

“We’ll see,” he said. “I feel good tough. Bullpens went real well. I get Monday off then throw another bullpen, so I’ll be fine. I’m looking forward to it. Today definitely helped, getting back going and getting used to facing guys.”

And how does he feel about facing Roy Halladay in his first spring start?

“If I face him in the regular season I’ll probably be more concerned becasue I’d probably have to hit,” he said.