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Yankees Injury Updates: CC Sabathia’s 1st Rehab Start Line and Michael Pineda

June 28th, 2014 at 7:44 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Two of the New York Yankees' walking wounded made some progress on Saturday as CC Sabathia took the mound for his first rehab start and Michael Pineda played catch.

Pineda Update

Pineda, who has been playing catch more than a father of four boys this season, had no issues after his first session since having a setback, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

Since there are no problems, Pineda can focus on the next step in his recovery: playing catch again.

Sounds boring, but it's a step forward nonetheless. Expect a few more playing catch sessions before Pineda starts tossing simulated games, etc.

 

Sabathia Update

Here's the line for Sabathia after his first rehab start for Class A Tampa, per Meredith Marakovits of YES Network:

Not bad, but not great, either. Still, we have to give Sabathia more time before judging his line because he hasn't pitched in an actual game since early May and there could be rust.

One scout told Erik Boland of Newsday how Sabathia looked on the mound:

That velocity is right around where we've seen Sabathia averaging this season, and it hasn't brought him much success. Again, more time is needed before we can proclaim Sabathia's velocity the same as it was before his degenerative knee was discovered.

The hope has been that resting and treating Sabathia's injured knee would not only help him feel better physically, but also allow him to possibly push off better in order to gain more velocity on his pitches.

So far, that hasn't happened. There are two more rehab starts to go for Sabathia and until he completes them both, we can't talk about his return to the Yankees just yet.

 

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