Last time out, CC Sabathia was frustrated. His back leg was dropping down, keeping him from staying on top of the ball and causing him to lose command of his pitches. Today in Bradenton, he was much better.
“It’s something I have to think about early, at the beginning of spring training and couple of times during the year,” Sabathia said. “But during the year, as we get going, I’ll feel it on a couple of pitches and I’m able to correct it as opposed to going a whole inning of doing the same thing and running off the field with Dave (Eiland) telling me I’m collapsing.”
Sabathia was good today. He was charged with three runs through 4.1 innings, but two of those came while he was out of the game. He was on a 60-pitch limit, and that was enough to carry him into the fifth inning. His balls-to-strikes ratio wasn’t great — 57 pitches, 29 strikes — but when Joe Girardi was asked about it he said, “CC’s the least of my concerns.”
“I felt more together,” Sabathia said. “Fastball felt more crisp. Cutters were good, down in the dirt. Changeup was a lot better. I’m definitely pleased with the progress I made today.”
Here’s the big man talking about his day. You’ll hear an occasional pounding sound. I was standing right next to Sabathia, and he kept smacking the ice pack wrapped around his left shoulder. I guess he was making sure it was tight.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Just got word that Zach McAllister was reassigned to minor league camp after today’s game.