CC Sabathia threw about 30 pitches of live batting practice this morning and reported afterward that all went well, both with his knee and the feel of his motion now that he’s carrying about 25 fewer pounds than in the past. He also said his stamina seems improved.
How intense was the offseason cardio routine that Sabathia used to drop that weight? Sabathia said it was a twice-a-day, bike and running program that involved him getting his heart rate up to 175-180 for a stretch then dropping it to 120-130 eight times in a session.
Suffice it to say, Sabathia doesn’t plan on continuing that type of work during the season though he said he is planning to set up a program that tapers – from the most intense the day after he pitches on down toward his next start.
So, Sabathia was asked, what does that mean for your weight during the season? Does it usually go up or down?
“It depends on the cities we go to,” Sabathia said, laughing. He mentioned Kansas City and Chicago as potential danger cities so, apparently, Sabathia is like – well, almost everyone – in enjoying sublime barbecue and deep-dish pizza.
• In case you’re wondering, CC (a noted NBA aficionado) did watch Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks debut and was impressed. He thinks, however, that “(Chauncey) Billups is going to be the biggest part of that trade.” Raymond Felton, we barely knew ya.
• The clubhouse closed for a Yankees meeting at 9:45 a.m. where the players were going to watch a video presentation from Chad Bohling, the Yankees director of optimal performance. The players are scheduled to be on the field at 10:30.