LADY AT THE BAT: Sabathia Passes First Test of Spring

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sabathia Passes First Test of Spring

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.

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