Sunday, February 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Yanks' Sabathia feels good after first rehab outing

TAMPA — Yankees LHP CC Sabathia tested his injured right knee Saturday, allowing two runs and three hits over 21/3 innings in his first rehabilitation game since going on the disabled list in May.

Sabathia walked one and struck out two for Class A Tampa against Dunedin in a Florida State League game. He threw 37 pitches.

"I felt really good," Sabathia, 33, said. "I didn't know what to expect. Obviously I want to be healthy and not have any problems, and got that accomplished."

Sabathia gave up an infield single and a two-run double that the center fielder just missed making a diving catch on.

"Definitely need to work on my secondary pitches," said Sabathia, whose fastball was consistently in the 87-89 mph range. "I couldn't be happier with the way I felt physically out there. It feels good to be back out there competing. Hopefully I can get back in the big leagues pretty quick."

The Yankees placed Sabathia on the 15-day DL on May 11 because of inflammation in his right knee. It was later determined that he has a degenerative cartilage problem.

Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA this season, with opponents hitting .301 off him. He is expected to need at least two rehab starts.

ASTROS: LHP Dallas Keuchel was scratched from his scheduled start because of left wrist inflammation. Keuchel said he hopes to make his next start.

ATHLETICS: RF Josh Reddick left in the fourth inning with a strained right knee and is considered day to day.

BLUE JAYS: RF Jose Bautista, out for the past week with a strained right hamstring, hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday.

DODGERS: SS Hanley Ramirez returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with right shoulder irritation.

METS: 3B David Wright, who was scratched Friday with left shoulder discomfort, was prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication but will not require surgery, espn.com reported.

RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland, sidelined since having microfracture knee surgery in January, completed a simulated game but isn't scheduled to be sent out for a rehab assignment.

RED SOX: Mookie Betts was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket after batting .345 with a .437 on-base percentage and a .520 slugging percentage across two levels. Betts, 21, rated the team's No. 7 prospect by Baseball America before the season, played primarily second base in the minors but is likely to play the outfield in Boston.

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