Sabathia, who has been on the disabled list since May 10, is looking to come back from what is called a degenerative knee condition. The 33-year-old's problems began when it was discovered he had fluid in the same knee.
It's the first of three rehab assignments for the left-hander. If all goes well in his first start, Sabathia will increase his workload to 60 pitches and then 70-75 for his final outing.
Here's what manager Joe Girardi had to say, per Hoch's piece:
"The important thing to me is that he's able to bounce back, that the knee is not an issue and it doesn't get in the way," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "If it doesn't, then we can have him back fairly quickly."
Fairly quickly would be putting a rose on things. Sabathia has missed nearly two months already and if he does make it back by the end of July as is likely planned, he will have spent almost three months on the shelf while the Yanks have pieced their rotation together.
But Girardi is optimistic his former ace will be better than the 5.28 ERA he posted early in the season and that a little rest was all he needed to regain the strength in his knee.
That's important because Sabathia's issues could come from the fact that he can't push off as much as he'd like. If that was the case and Sabathia's knee is better, we should see an improved pitcher for the second half of the season.
At least, the Yankees and their fans can only hope.Tags: Baseball, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Tampa