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Sabathia feels “relief” in surgically repaired elbow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia always seemed to think he could pitch last season. He went on the disabled list twice, and he through some underwhelming stretches, but Sabathia has a bulldog reputation, and he did his best to live up to it. But after offseason elbow surgery to clean up a bone spur from his left elbow, Sabathia said he can easy feel the difference between health and not healthy.

“I definitely feel a relief,” he said. “Just having that range of motion back and not having that ache at the end of my extension. I felt that right away, so hopefully I can just continue to get better and continue to feel less. After last year, going through what I went through pretty much the whole second half, playing catch so far, it feels a lot better.”

Sabathia hasn’t been on a mound yet — “I never throw off the mound until I get down here anyway,” he said — and expects to throw his first fastball/changeup bullpen on Thursday. But he’s been playing catch, and that’s been enough for him to feel the surgical difference.

“He wasn’t 100 percent last year,” Girardi said. “Any time you need surgery at the end of the year, I think it’s fair to say that you weren’t 100 percent. But probably 95 percent of the players that go out there every day aren’t 100 percent. That’s part of the job. You’re going to play with bumps and bruises and injuries that you can still compete with. But I feel better that we were able to address the problem and he’s coming into spring training healthy. He wasn’t overworked last year, so I feel better about it.”

Even today, Sabathia called the elbow issue an “excuse,” while also acknowledging that it was “always there.” Elbow surguries are generally less concerning than shoulder operations, and Sabathia’s was relatively minor, so he’s expected to be fully healthy for this season. Even in a down year, Sabathia reached 200 innings with a 3.38 ERA last season.

“I just want to concentrate on staying healthy,” Sabathia said. “Any kind of numbers I feel will be there if I’m healthy, so that’s the only thing I’m worried about.”

Some other pitching notes from today:

• David Phelps made the big move from the middle lockers — where most of the minor leaguers are assigned — to a locker on the left wall where most of the big league staff is grouped together. Adam Warren also moved to that wall. Phelps has changed uniform numbers to No. 35. He has a locker right next to Andy Pettitte.

• In other locker-assignment news: The short wall just inside the main door has three lockers: Cesar Cabral, Manny Banuelos and Michael Pineda. That must be rehab central.

• Sabathia said he lost about 10 pounds over the winter and is down to 290. He said that’s what he was last spring, and that seems about right. He looks about the same as last spring. “This is the ideal weight,” he said. “I was probably about 300 by the end of last year, so I probably gained 10 pounds. Room service, different stuff. It’s part of the season. I’m fine with that.”

• Any concerns about Mariano Rivera? “I have extreme confidence in Mo, just knowing how hard he works, wanting to be ready and be prepared, be on top of his game,” Sabathia said. “He’s ageless. He can pitch forever. I have a lot of confidence in him coming back and being the same old Mo.”

• Speaking of Rivera, he’s helped raise another $50,000 toward renovations of his church in New Rochelle.

• A few guys threw in the outfield today, but the first full day of pitching workouts is tomorrow. There was no schedule of bullpens posted, but I’m guessing we’ll have those tomorrow morning when the clubhouse opens.

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35 Responses to “Sabathia feels “relief” in surgically repaired elbow”

  1. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    ” blake February 12th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    @bkabak: Often convinced no one hates their customers more than the Yanks.”

    ——————

    Anyone else read Cuban’s blog today about what it means to own a sports team?

  2. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Anyone else read Cuban’s blog today about what it means to own a sports team?

    *****

    No – but I read the post about how to destroy a Mavericks championship team in less than two seasons – - – -

  3. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Without a healthy Dirk, they weren’t winning anyway.

  4. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    @bkabak: Often convinced no one hates their customers more than the Yanks.”

    ******

    Bwahahah – - – -yeah spoiled Yankees fan again – just go have a drink with a Lions fan and ask about the Matt Millen era – - – -

  5. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I hope the 5th version of Stone is more entertaining.

    I don’t think Girardi has as much of an impact on Montero as the org as a whole did. Cash did say not that long ago that he picked Girardi because they share the same philosophies and because he basically does whatever Cash tells him to do. If Cash wanted Montero to be our catcher, he would have been our catcher.

  6. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Not in 2011-2012 – Dirk was there – - – -plus if the Mavericks had retained Chandler – they would have a nice chip to trade right now for a Howard or something else – - – -Cuban went all in for D.Will – his plan now relies on Howard this summer – even Steiny Mo is harsh on Cuban now – - – -

  7. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I hope the 5th version of Stone is more entertaining.

    *****

    It is not saying much for someone who holds Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane on a mantle of great snake movies – - – - -

  8. Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    @bkabak

    Check out the leasing info for 68 E. 161st St. http://bit.ly/XHLslZ

    Stubhub already has a lease on a place near NYS. Twitter saying they’ll fight any attempt by the Yankees to use re-selling laws by saying that it is a pickup point only.

  9. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I leave with this – - – - Nick Castellanos or Mason Williams – for you could not have both – Mason was a signing in the 4th round – Castellanos was 3 millionish in the supplemental round – the debate should be interesting, yes interesting, in years to come – for if Castellanos moves to RF or the OF – then it comes down to Castellanos vs. Austin – if Castellanos remains at 3b – then it is CF Williams vs. Castellanos and who would you rather have – - – -

  10. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Okay – I leave on this point – if you love the team – you pay it – you pay it – if you love your extra items and other materials in your home more than the team then you don’t pay it and you are not much of a fan – - – -you pay it – you sacrifice – you do not take that vacation – you work the overtime – you save and you pay it – you don’t whine about markets and stub hubs – you pay it and fan up – - – - -you don’t eat out that extra night each month – you pay it (on another note, I like this new mantra – pay it – great now I have to go create another version of me with this moniker – this is what happens with the complaining – there are some many possibilities but only so few screen names)

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, with the wax poetic minute – - – -

  11. Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Nick Castellanos or Mason Williams – for you could not have both

    Not true. The Yankees could have drafted Castellanos instead of Culver, then drafted Mason Williams in the 4th round. Any claim to the contrary is simply buying into the Yankees arbitrary budgetary restrictions.

  12. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Stoneburner – The Return of Wax February 12th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I hope the 5th version of Stone is more entertaining.

    *****

    It is not saying much for someone who holds Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane on a mantle of great snake movies – – – – -

    —————

    Maybe it doesn’t say much for you given how easily entertained I can be ;)

    (Anaconda stars JLO!)

  13. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Not in 2011-2012 – Dirk was there – – – -plus if the Mavericks had retained Chandler – they would have a nice chip to trade right now for a Howard or something else – – – -Cuban went all in for D.Will – his plan now relies on Howard this summer – even Steiny Mo is harsh on Cuban now – – –
    _

    Yeah, they should have retained Chandler, but the Knicks tried to trade him in a package for Howard and were rejected.

  14. Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Very good, poor children in the bronx are not real fans. Glad we settled that. I was always wondering if fandom is measured in how much money was spent.

    More rants and still no mention of Jose Pirela. Tsk tsk.

  15. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    @bkabak

    Check out the leasing info for 68 E. 161st St. http://bit.ly/XHLslZ

    Stubhub already has a lease on a place near NYS. Twitter saying they’ll fight any attempt by the Yankees to use re-selling laws by saying that it is a pickup point only.

    —————

    People will ultimately buy from whatever option is the cheapest.

  16. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Which will probably be found on Stubhub.

  17. Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    The Yankees spent 6.6 million on draft bonuses in 2010. That is 100k higher than ‘average’, but exactly 15th out of 30 teams in total spending. The Red Sox, Nats, Jays, and Pirates all spent 10.6 million or more on the draft. The Yankees could have signed Castellanos and still not been in the top 3.

  18. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Some departures are pleasurable.

    We are lucky to have CC. He pitched on guts the second half and still had a pretty good year. His contract is better, in my opinion, than Felix’ at the end. I do think CC will pitch well.

    Speaking of movies, I remember Siskel and Ebert do a segment long ago saying they saw the worst movie ever–Ace Ventura. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  19. Nick in SF February 12th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Isn’t this the year of the snake movie?

  20. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    If you include porn, that”s probably true every year.

  21. Chip February 12th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What the Yankees are doing makes sense if you realize who the Yankees are trying to appease with this move.

    They know that day of ticket sales are gone and not coming back so who generate the revenue in terms of ticket sales? Season ticket holders and corporate boxes. As a season ticket holder for the Giants it p*sses me off when the guy sitting next to me bought his ticket for 5% of face value; so what the Yankees are doing is making it easier for the season ticket holder to get close to face value for his tickets when he needs to sell them.

  22. Jerkface February 12th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    so what the Yankees are doing is making it easier for the season ticket holder to get close to face value for his tickets when he needs to sell them.

    Do you mean make it easier for the season ticket holder to have a bunch of unsold tickets?

  23. Bronx Jeers February 12th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    ; so what the Yankees are doing is making it easier for the season ticket holder to get close to face value for his tickets when he needs to sell them.

    ————–

    And as long as tix on the secondary market are close to face value, why not just buy direct from the Yankees?

    I’m sure this has not entered their minds at all.

  24. Bronx Jeers February 12th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Yanks are trying to portray the secondary market as this dangerous place where scammers run wild. So they made their own secondary market. Now there’s just the one scammer.

    FU Yankees with a capital F.

  25. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I’m no wrestling fan, but it is ridiculous to remove it as an Olympic sport. Greco-Roman wrestling must not be traditional enough.

  26. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Chip February 12th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What the Yankees are doing makes sense if you realize who the Yankees are trying to appease with this move.

    They know that day of ticket sales are gone and not coming back so who generate the revenue in terms of ticket sales? Season ticket holders and corporate boxes. As a season ticket holder for the Giants it p*sses me off when the guy sitting next to me bought his ticket for 5% of face value; so what the Yankees are doing is making it easier for the season ticket holder to get close to face value for his tickets when he needs to sell them.

    ———————

    They could be making it so STH can’t unload their tickets for even a fraction of the cost (just kidding, they’ll probably still sell a lot of them on StubHub). The reality is there are very limited perks to being a STH for any sport. They need to revamp the model and make it more worth while.

    Also, I’m wondering if any fees will be involved on the Ticket Exchange. It’s very likely there will be just like on StubHub, TicketsNow, etc.

  27. G. Love February 12th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    If the Yankees put a floor on resold tickets anywhere in the vicinity of the face value, the stadium will be a ghost town and they will scrap that plan and go wild west stubhub pricing from last year again by mid-season. Face value is now too high for the average fan. The only reason the stubhub market thrived a bit was because you could get $20-40 tickets in a good section last year.

    They’re playing Russian roulette with the franchise. I’m not sure what they’re gambling for except to make more money when they already make the most money. It’s despicable.

  28. blake February 12th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    “Not true. The Yankees could have drafted Castellanos instead of Culver, then drafted Mason Williams in the 4th round. Any claim to the contrary is simply buying into the Yankees arbitrary budgetary restrictions.”

    This

  29. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Face value is now too high for the average fan.

    ——————-

    50% of face value is too high for the average fan in most of the lower sections.

  30. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    If I’m in charge of an org and I want to keep STH I’m getting my players to do signing sessions, meet and greets, giving free tours of the Stadium, random raffles, etc.

    There is very little incentive to remain a season ticket holder of any franchise. The Devils have started to get more creative doing silent auctions, giving STH’s that sign up by a certain date access to luxury boxes with the GM or CEO for a game, winning autographs, in some case I think they even had players deliver the season tickets to your house.

    The Yanks should start including free dinner at NYY Steak lol.

  31. G. Love February 12th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I was just in the car and heard a caller on WFAN telling Francesa that “the fans set the market last year with stubhub”. He’s absolutely right. The market is set. The Yankees are trying to create a fake inflated market which will crash and burn and leave the season ticket seats empty for the most part.

    It was nice to hear the Yankees are worried that they are losing ticket sales.

    I just wish they’d stop blaming it on iPads and iPhones & look in the mirror and realize it has to do with prices. Lower the prices and the house will be full against the Astros. Create an artificial floor and it’ll be like they’re playing a spilt squad game in spring training with the B team on the road.

  32. Against All Odds February 12th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    I’m no wrestling fan, but it is ridiculous to remove it as an Olympic sport. Greco-Roman wrestling must not be traditional enough.

    ——————–

    Yea I’m surprised they removed it

  33. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Any loss in ticket sales could result either in the Yankees using it as a reason for prudence or could convince them to respond to fan concerns. I’m not optimistic about their pick.

  34. G. Love February 12th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    austinmac,

    The way this front office generally operates now? They’ll claim lower ticket sales and empty seats means they should spend less on the field as fans just aren’t coming to the park like they used to.

    They’ll punish us for not showing up at first.

  35. blake February 12th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    “The way this front office generally operates now? They’ll claim lower ticket sales and empty seats means they should spend less on the field as fans just aren’t coming to the park like they used to.”

    Surely they realize that’s a dead end street….the customer is always right ….

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