CC Sabathia goes 3 2/3 innings in second rehab outing
Starting against the Portland Sea Dogs, Sabathia allowed five runs (only three earned) on five hits, one walk and one hit batsman. He also struck out two, both on change-ups, and a Tweet from Double G Sports' Thunder beat writer Matt Kardos attributed a scout as saying Sabathia's fastball velocity sat mostly between 88 and 90 MPH on the radar gun with a high of 92.
"My secondary pitches weren't that good but I felt my fastball was pretty good, and I feel good health-wise," he told the media after the outing. "My change-up was cutting a little and my slider wasn't as sharp as I wanted it to be, so I'll do some work on those things, but overall I feel pretty good."
As for the details of the outing itself, Sabathia started strong by retiring leadoff hitter Derrik Gibson, but the Sea Dogs quickly struck for a run on a single by Shannon Wilkerson, a double by Blake Swihart, and a sac fly by Sean Coyle.
Sabathia retired Michael Almanzar to end that inning and worked around a hit batsman in a scoreless nine-pitch second, but the Sea Dogs would add two more in the third; Derrick Gibson led off that frame with a triple and subsequently scored on a throwing error by second baseman Dan Fiorito, and after a walk to Wilkerson, Swihart smacked an RBI double to make it 3-0.
Swihart was thrown out trying to stretch and Sabathia quickly retired the next two batters, but he would allow a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. The lefty almost worked around a leadoff single by David Chester, but an error by third baseman Rob Segedin on Sabathia's final pitch to Heiker Meneses put two on with two out, and Thunder reliever Fred Lewis came in and made a throwing error of his own to move the runners up before allowing a two-run double to Wilkerson that made it 5-1.
The game was delayed by rain during the next at-bat, but Sabathia's line was complete at that point, and while it wasn't the best outing numerically, he acknowledged that how he responds to pitching is more important than how he pitches at this point.
"For me it's just feel right now; results will come when they matter," Sabathia said. "Right now I'm just trying to make sure that I can give max effort out there."
He also said he felt no effects of having his schedule moved up a day, which Yankees manager Joe Girardi had acknowledged earlier in the week happened because he had such a short outing in Tampa last Saturday.
"No, I felt good; I threw a light bullpen and I kind of knew it was going to happen, so I had no problems," he said.
The lefty's next rehab outing is scheduled for Monday, and while he knows he is set to throw 70 to 75 pitches, he does not yet know the locale - although with both the Thunder and the Tampa Yankees scheduled to be away, it's likely that his assignment will be moved up to Triple-A.