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Yankees' CC Sabathia plans to remain a workhorse

TAMPA — CC Sabathia isn't ready to start talking about arm preservation in this point in his career.

"It's too soon to even think that way," the left-hander, 29, said Satur­day after his first bullpen session of the spring. "I feel like I want to take the ball every time I get an opportunity so three days' rest, whatever, I feel like I'm good to go, so I'm not worried about saving my arm or not throwing as many innings."

Sabathia used plenty of it last season, logging 230 innings in the regular season, then becoming the Yankees' horse in the postseason, making two starts on three days' rest. He threw 241 innings in 2007 and 253 in '08.

Sabathia, however, said his arm didn't feel like it needed a break after 2009 ended.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "I've pretty much been doing the same thing the past three or four years, so I felt pretty good."

BOSS APPEARS: George Steinbrenner, 79, said he was "feeling good" when he arrived at the spring complex to watch his grandson, Robert Molloy, play first base for Tampa Prep against Berkeley Prep.

Phils: Lidge improving

CLEARWATER — After a good first week at the Carpenter Complex, Phillies RH closer Brad Lidge may be a bit ahead of schedule after offseason knee and elbow surgeries.

Lidge is scheduled to throw 20 pitches off a mound Monday, though it remains to be seen if he'll be ready by opening day.

"Having reports from where he was, all the reports were good," pitching coach Rich Dubee told MLB.com.

Jays: Hope for pitcher

DUNEDIN — RHP Dustin McGowan threw a bullpen session for just the sixth time since having shoulder surgery in 2008, giving the Blue Jays some hope he might be ready to compete for a rotation spot.

McGowan, 27, said all feels fine with his comeback, although neither he nor the Blue Jays are certain how hard he may be throwing as the club is holding back using the radar gun. The team feels the gun tends to make pitchers want to overthrow.

FAST FACTS

Yankees

First full-squad workout: Wednesday

Where: George Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive,

Tampa

Phillies

First full-squad workout: Tuesday

Where: Carpenter Complex and Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Blue Jays

Pitchers/catchers: Report Monday

First full-squad workout: Friday

Where: Englebert Complex, 1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin

Yankees' CC Sabathia plans to remain a workhorse 02/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:24pm]

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