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CC Sabathia throws simulated game

Lefty one of several pitchers getting work in on Tuesday
03/05/2013 5:23 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

CC Sabathia threw 33 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday.(AP)
First pitch of Tuesday night's Yankees-Braves game isn't scheduled until just after 7 p.m. ET, but it has already been a busy day, at least for the pitchers, in Yankees camp after a Monday off.

The big news is that CC Sabathia threw a two-inning simulated game, throwing 33 total pitches in those two frames and then adding some extra hitters at the end to up his pitch count.

Coming off October elbow surgery, Sabathia is being brought along slowly, but the lefty told Chad Jennings of the Westchester Journal-News that he'll be good to go on Opening Day.

"I felt like it was pretty good today. I cut a couple (fastballs), but I still feel like I'm pretty good on schedule to be ready to start the season," Sabathia said. "Now it's just worrying about pitches and making sure the actions are right and velocity's getting there."

Sabathia will throw another simulated game on Sunday, telling Jennings he agreed with the Yankees' decision to withhold him from their Grapefruit League game against division rival Toronto, and he could get into official spring action next weekend.

Righty Dellin Betances also threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday, facing the same quartet of hitters as Sabathia; Corban Joseph, who is in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game, was the sole lefty of the group, with Thomas Neal, who will come in Tuesday night off the bench, and veterans Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz the other three.

As for another rehabbing hurler, Phil Hughes will move back to 90 feet when he plays catch tomorrow, the next step in his trek back after missing some time with a bulging disc in his back. Hughes threw about 50 tosses from 60 feet on Monday, and said that he "felt good" and could get on a mound immediately if need be.

Righties Ivan Nova, Jose Ramirez, Matt Tracy, and Adam Warren all threw side bullpen sessions on Tuesday, as did lefty Andy Pettitte, and in one other related note, the Yankees posted a preliminary travel roster for their trip to the East Coast on Thursday and Friday.

The Yankees play the Cardinals Thursday and the Marlins Friday, with both games in Jupiter, and will have a large chunk of the team stay overnight; however, Nova, who is Thursday's starter, is one of a group of six that also includes Tracy, Ichiro, and David Robertson that will travel for the first game but return to Tampa afterwards, while Friday starter Warren is one of eight - also including Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez, and Jayson Nix - who will stay in Tampa Thursday and join the team Friday.

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