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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: C.C. Sabathia expects to pitch full season in 2015


By on 10/22/2014 12:00:00 PM

The New York Yankees finished the 2014 season with 84 wins, their lowest win total since they won 79 when Derek Jeter was a 21-year old phenom back in 1995. At 20th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 18th in ERA, the Yankees look to improve in both areas next season in order to compete for a playoff spot in the American League. One player who could help solidify the staff is C.C. Sabathia, who missed much of this past season with injury. The good news is Sabathia is expecting to pitch a full season in 2015.


I reported on September 24 that Sabathia, who missed most of the season after being on the disabled list since May 11 and season-ending surgery on July 23, played catch for the first time since the surgery.

An update on Sabathia, as reported by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, is that he feels back to nearly 100 percent and expects to be able to log 200 innings next season.
"My only goal is to stay healthy and get back to that -- eating up innings and being able to start every fifth day."
Sabathia has been working out two days a week at Yankee stadium and expects to report to Spring Training earlier than the official reporting date of February 20.

With Brandon McCarthy and Chris Capuano heading for free agency and injuries to Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees rotation is in a state of uncertainty. Add to it the speculation that Hiroki Kuroda, the news the Sabathia should be ready next season is more than welcome.

Sabathia, in his 14th Major League season, finished 2014 with a record of 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts.  The six-time All Star and 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner, has pitched for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees. Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with an ERA of 3.63.


 
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