CC Sabathia makes first rehab start

Updated: June 28, 2014, 11:32 PM ET
By Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- History tells you not to pay too much attention to the results when veteran major league pitchers go off to make rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues.

So the biggest takeaway from CC Sabathia's first rehab start Saturday night in Tampa is that the New York Yankees left-hander was able to pitch in a game for the first time since May 10.

Sabathia threw 2⅓ innings for the Class A Tampa Yankees, allowing two runs on three hits. The runs scored on a two-out single by Christian Lopes, Dunedin's No. 9 hitter, who came into the game with a .224 batting average.

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

The Yankees wanted Sabathia to throw three innings or 40-45 pitches, and Tampa manager Al Pedrique removed him after 36 pitches (24 strikes). Sabathia walked one and struck out two.

"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 have yet to announce when and where Sabathia will make his next start, but manager Joe Girardi said Friday that the lefty will need to make a minimum of three minor league starts before the team would consider bringing him back to the major leagues.

Sabathia has been on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. He was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts before going on the DL.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, meanwhile, said Saturday he's looking at players -- presumably pitchers -- who aren't yet in the organization in order to upgrade the team.

"I'm looking to make some additions if I can," Cashman said. 

"I'd like to try to do it before [Sabathia and/or Michael Pineda] get back, if possible. But we've been trying, and there's a reason we haven't done anything yet. It's not because of a lack of phone calls."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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