CC Sabathia finally made his Spring Training debut last night and, for someone who is no longer considered to be the ace of the staff, his numbers were pretty decent: 2.0 IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K. He threw 31 pitches and, surprisingly, his velocity topped out in the mid-90s.
Most importantly, Sabathia reported no health issues after the appearance. If he continues saying that today, those two innings can definitely be considered a rousing success.
Something about all of this bothers me, however: Despite not being considered as such, CC Sabathia is being treated like the ace of the staff. He is on track to start on Opening Day. That is beyond unfair. A guy who, for all practical purposes, did not pitch last year, and who hasn't had a good year since 2012, should not be thought of as a potential Opening Day starter, not even as a courtesy. The only people who should be on track for Opening Day are Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda. That's it.
Of course, I am probably worrying for nothing. Who's to say Sabathia's knee won't blow out before Opening Day? That's a real possibility.
I don't want his knee to blow out before Opening Day. But I don't want him to start that day either. Hopefully the Yankees will come to their senses.