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Sabathia to make rehab-start Saturday:
As we saw the New York Yankees allow so many power-hitters go in the off-season, we suddenly realized the new strategy: dominant pitching, great defense and timely hitting. This strategy has yet to take-shape and injuries have been a major reason why.
Injured starter C.C. Sabathia is scheduled to make his first rehab-start for Single-A Tampa on Saturday. He is schedule to throw around 40 to 45 pitches in this first stint. Recently, Sabathia threw two-innings in a simulated game at the Tampa-facility.
Manager Joe Girardi said this following the simulated two-innings: “Everything came out well. Obviously, you’re curious to see how he feels tomorrow, but he felt it was successful,” according to The Star-Ledger.
Sabathia last pitched for the Yankees on May 11, and up until that point was one of the worst pitchers in the game statistically with a paltry 5.28 ERA through eight starts, according to MLB.com stats.
Still though, considering Vidal Nuno’s numbers and Chase Whitley’s recent rocky start, having Sabathia back in that rotation would be a sight for sore eyes.
It’s been a minor-miracle that the Yanks have a winning record with three-fifths of the rotation injured for the better part of the season (Sabathia, Pineda and Nova).
Beltran stops throwing program:
Another major injury to be dealt with is the progress of outfielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran, who came off the disabled list earlier this month, has only been used at designated-hitter. The plan is only temporary until Beltran builds strength in his right-elbow.
Beltran has been on a light throwing program since June 11 and has built that strength up. Recently though, he felt discomfort in that elbow and has stopped throwing.