Sabathia throws second bullpen, on track to continue Saturday
"CC said he felt good, so I think the next scheduled (bullpen) one will be Saturday as long as he continues to wake up and feel good the next day," Girardi said.
Sabathia, who has been on the disabled list for over a month with a right knee issue, had thrown only fastballs and changeups in Monday's 25-pitch outing, but on Wednesday, he mixed in some breaking balls and went a little deeper into the pitch count.
His total is set to increase again on Saturday, but manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that the building process is going to take a little while.
"When you're a starter and you haven't thrown a lot, we have to somewhat rebuild you up…I can't give you an exact time, but we're trying to build him up to 90 pitches," Girardi said. "For me to get into specifics doesn't make a lot of sense, because if he needs an extra day here or there one time, it's thrown off."
Sabathia had said Monday that he was conscious of not wanting to hurt his arm, but he hoped to "skip some steps" in that process; on Wednesday, however, but Girardi hinted that after Saturday's bullpen, the next step for CC will be the team's prerogative no matter what.
"We do usually three bullpens, and maybe a couple live BP sessions, and then you start games," Girardi said. "He's kind of on that track, but I don't know if it' exact or how long it's going to take. For me, the important thing is to take it day-by-day, and every time he goes out and throws another bullpen, or goes beyond that to the next step, it's a positive sign. Right now the signs are positive."
Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts this season.