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NEW YORK -- Wearing a brace on his surgically repaired left elbow, CC Sabathia said he expects to be ready for the beginning of spring training in February.
"I feel pretty good," the Yankees pitcher said as he helped collect goods for Hurricane Sandy relief at Yankee Stadium. "The flexibility is coming back. I expect there to be no delays up until spring training so I should be ready to go."
At the end of last month, Sabathia had bone spurs removed by Dr. James Andrews. Sabathia has had the spurs since his days with the Cleveland Indians. This past season, Sabathia said he didn't feel the impact of the injury during starts.
"It would be the day after," Sabathia said. "I couldn't touch my shoulder."
Sabathia is rehabbing the elbow five days a week. He said he will be able to start a throwing program after Christmas.
"That's my normal time, anyway," he said.
Sabathia, 32, went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA.
He said he sees no benefit in limiting his innings in the future. Despite two stints on the disabled list, he reached 200 innings for the sixth straight season.
"I don't know what we get out of that," Sabathia said. "Everybody talks about being on the DL twice and would that help. I think if hadn't been on the DL, I still would have pitched the two good games in the ALDS and probably pitched bad in the ALCS. It is just one of those things. I don't think putting me on a pitch count at my age would do anything good for me."
"It is not time to put the full-court press on him yet," Sabathia said.
Sabathia, who lives in New Jersey, said that he and his family were fortunate to have a generator and were not personally impacted by the storm.
"The toughest thing for me was the kids being out of school for a week," he said with a laugh.
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