Injury Updates: CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda

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The Yankees welcomed Francisco Cervelli back a two-month stint on the disabled list yesterday, so all of their position players are now healthy. Three-fifths of the rotation remain out, and Ivan Nova isn’t coming back this year following Tommy John surgery. Here are updates on the other two injured starters courtesy of Meredith Marakovits and Brian Heyman:

  • CC Sabathia (knee) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday, fastballs and changeups only. No sliders. He said he felt fine and will throw another bullpen session today. “We’ll just continue to increase the amount of pitches and the pitches that he throws. If he gets through (today), then he’ll probably throw another bullpen and we’ll increase the number there. And then if he gets through that, eventually you start to see hitters and BP and then you get the game,” said Joe Girardi, who said they have to build Sabathia back up like he just arrived to Spring Training. (It’s common for pitchers to hold off on throwing breaking balls early in camp so they can build up arm strength.)
  • Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to play catch on Saturday. It’ll be his first time throwing since suffering a setback at the end of last month. Like Sabathia, Pineda is basically at the start of his Spring Training routine. Expect the Yankees to be very careful with him during the rehab process given the nature of the injury and the fact that he’s already had one setback.

The Yankees have already acknowledged that Sabathia and Pineda will be out until at least July and August, respectively. That makes perfect sense given where they are in their rehab right now.

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  • IvanS

    Can they hit?

    • JLC 776

      “Okay, Mike. Since you’re overly sloppy with pine-tar, go grab that bat and that catcher’s mask and let’s get to work.”

    • trr

      CC can…

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    One thing’s for sure, they can’t keep trotting Vidal Nuno out there every 5 days. Is Warren being stretched out? Is there any plan whatsoever? These next two games will be a good test to see what we have in Whitley and BGDP.

    • mitch

      I’m not sure what the plan is, but you should keep beating the drum because that’s definitely going to get him out of the rotation quicker.

    • trr

      stretch him out on a rack if you have to, Nuno ain’t the answer

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    They’re all going to die anyway.

    Multiple exclamation points.


    • BigDavey88


    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Valar Morghulis.

    • Old Man Time


  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    In all seriouness, seeing what a healthy CC can do, if that’s possible, would be a beautiful thing.

    I just want to buy Big Mike a new shoulder. Where can I find one?

    They’re both needed, and badly.

    • Old Man Time

      Surely we have someone stashed at AA for parts.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        So that’s why we’ve got Cito Culver.

        • Craig

          We’d need to find some big dudes to get the parts from, or else Big Mike will have this mix of non-similar-sized body parts.

          We could start a list.

          So Shelly Duncan, we need one of your forearms…okay?

  • The Other Matt

    Something tells me we’ll see CC right after the end of the all-star break. I know he said he would like to expedite the process and maybe skip a few steps in his rehab, since he has been throwing for a while now. I guess if everything goes well following today CC may throw another bullpen come Saturday-ish maybe. Then from there it would progress to throwing some BP maybe as early as next week, and probably a sim game before going on a rehab assignment. He would probably make two rehab starts or so, and then would be in line to come back. In a rough estimation, I say he’ll probably be back the series against the Reds at the Stadium, right after the all-star break, beginning on July 18 – exactly one month from today.

    Now as for Pineda, I have no clue. I’m all fingers crossed anytime I hear his name mentioned. Hopefully he can come through Saturday unscathed and go from there.

    • hornblower

      Remember how bad CC was before he got hurt? What has changed that will make him better now? His knee was not the problem it was his arm.

      • New Guy

        True, who needs their knee when pitching anyway.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I just push off my ass from a seated position when I pitch. It’s what the Cardinals do. It’s what Phil Hughes is doing in Minnesota right now.

      • TWTR

        Except his K/9 was the highest of his career. His BB/9 (2.0) was low too, providing some hope that if he can stay on the field that he may be able to make the necessary adjustments to be effective.

        • Paisa

          Based on those numbers it would seem like he did, in fact, make the necessary adjustments. Maybe the knee had something to do with the obscene amount of HRs he gave up, or maybe it didn’t. What really let him down time and time again was the pitiful defense that never failed to let a ground ball get through the infield while he was on the mound; and that is not going to be any different when he gets back.

      • RetroRob

        It’s a valid point, but a bad leg does impact velocity and the arm.

        We don’t know, but I’ll take him over Nuno.

    • RetroRob

      I read somewhere in the Interwebs today that CC was six weeks away. If true, I don’t think we’ll see either CC or Pineda until August.

  • TWTR

    But they will probably get them back, and at least one may be able to contribute significantly. So fortify the offense to hold the fort until then.