Monday, March 13, 2017
TAMPA, Fla.—CC Sabathia found a big positive during a rocky spring training outing—no issues with his troublesome right knee.
The New York Yankees left-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning Sunday, allowing six runs and six hits in a 10-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
“The body feels good,” Sabathia said. “I was letting some (pitches) go, and I had no problems. As far as the knee, you want to get that out of the way. Make sure you can push off as hard as you can, land and be good. I wanted to accomplish that in the game and I did.”
Sabathia was making his second exhibition start after having arthroscopic surgery in October on his knee. His ailing knee caused him to go on the disabled list in 2014 and 2015.
On Sunday, he was pulled after 10 batters and 33 pitches.
“I’ve got to do a better job of not letting it unravel,” Sabathia said. “I didn’t make pitches.”
The 36-year-old Sabathia is in the last year of his contract and hasn’t had a winning season since 2013. He made 30 starts in 2016, going 9-12 with a 3.91 ERA. He is 223-141 overall in his 16-year career.
We shouldn’t really care about a spring training shellacking, but I’m not particularly optimistic CC can put up another sub 4 ERA this season even if he was lights-out this spring. CAIRO’s baseline forecast for him is a 4.32 ERA in 155 innings, and that would be worth about 2.0 WAR. I’d take that in a heartbeat.