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Sabathia is Trenton Bound

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014

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(TRENTON) –  New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told WFAN team beat-writer Sweeny Murti on Tuesday that pitcher CC Sabathia will make his next rehab start for the Trenton Thunder on Thursday evening at Arm & Hammer Park. The 33-year old southpaw has been on the disabled list since May 11 with inflammation in his right-knee  which was later determined to be a degenerative condition.

Sabathia has gone 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA with opponents hitting .301  off of him this season. Over the last two season. Sabathia has seen his velocity severely drop-off; plummeting from the mid-90’s to 87-89 right now. The Yankees inked Sabathia to a 7-year, $161 million deal in 2009, the richest deal for any pitcher in baseball history at the time. After being the Yankees most dominating and reliable starter for his first four seasons in the Bronx, the decline of Sabathia began in 2013 when he posted career worsts in runs (122), home-runs (28), losses (13) and ERA (4.78).

In his first rehab start for the Tampa Yankees on Saturday, Sabathia tossed 37 pitches over 2.1 innings against Dunedin, surrendering two hits, one walk while fanning two.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way I felt physically out there,” Sabathia told the Tampa media. “It feels good to be back out there competing. Hopefully I can get back in the big leagues pretty quick.”

Manager Tony Franklin would not officially confirm Sabathia’s rehab appearance, but said he would welcome him with open arms if it meant helping his team get a victory.

“I imagine that I will get a call sometime soon,” said Franklin. “Good, he’s coming. We need a win and I’m not opposed to anybody who is going to come in and help us win.”

Franklin added, “Part of our job is to help in the rehabilitation process and I am glad that he is coming. I am a fan myself, I want to see him pitch and I know that he is coming to do his due-diligence and work hard to get back.”

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