Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:05 -0700
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has started to use his changeup more often, which is something he has gotten away from over the years. During his Cy Young season in 2007, he used it 18.5 percent of the time, and just 15.3 percent of the time last year. He used it 17.8 percent of the time during his first three starts this year. "I'm throwing it as much as I did when I first got here," Sabathia said. "That's something I wanted to get back to. Not overthrow it, but just keep it in the mix. And it has been a good pitch for us."
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:27:25 -0700
New York Yankees SS CC Sabathia had his fastball clocked at only 88 mph in a spring start March 11, and there was no radar gun available at his last outing March 16 in Panama. Sabathia is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Sabathia's thin physique has many worried that he won't be able to miss as many bats for strikeouts. Sabathia's already at the point in his career where he's naturally losing velocity, however, so that shouldn't be much of a concern. If he can learn to adapt without relying on the strikeout, he could be fine for at least another season if he can remain healthy.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:46:39 -0800
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has been working on adding a cutter to his repertoire with help from former SP Andy Pettitte. Pettitte has counseled Sabathia on how to survive with diminished velocity.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:05:02 -0800
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia had his fastball top out at 88 miles an hour during his most recent outing, but the veteran is not concerned. "My fastball is what it is. If it gets better, it will. If it's not, it won't," Sabathia said. The concerns are likely to persist if Sabathia's speed doesn't tick up, noting that Sabathia lost a significant amount of weight this offseason.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:47:30 -0800
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia is weighing in at 275 pounds this spring, when he once weighed 315 pounds. Sabathia said his weight loss has made him healthier. He lost the weight by cutting out carbohydrates and increasing the intensity of his offseason workouts, but he said he dropped 30 of the 40 pounds before last season, which may have contributed to his poor season and drop in velocity. "I feel like I lost a little bit of power last year," he said. "By the fourth or fifth inning I was usually tired. That was something we really worked on this offseason, going out and making sure I'm ready to pitch a full game."
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:33:41 -0800
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) insisted Monday, Feb. 10, that he is healthy and in shape. He reported to camp Monday. "I'm going to compete for the rotation," Pineda said. "I'm the same Michael Pineda. I'm 100 percent now and my body is in good shape." He is battling for a rotation spot behind SPs CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:40:29 -0800
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said SP CC Sabathia increased his throwing program this offseason in order to increase his arm strength and stamina. "The last couple winters, three or four really, he hasn't been able to do a lot with going back to his knee and then the elbow last winter," Rothschild said. "He's been able to do a lot more this winter, so coming into spring training I think he'll be in a little different place than he has been the last couple years."
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:59:21 -0800
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia said he hasn't lost weight this offseason but that he's "just a little more toned and a lot more strong." "This is the first offseason I was able to weight train and get stronger and not worry about weight loss," Sabathia said.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:31:14 -0800
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has signed with Roc Nation Sports, the sports agency started by Jay Z. Sabathia has at least three years left on his current deal, which guarantees him $76 million.
Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:17:30 -0800
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SP Andy Pettitte is not considering unretiring again. "He has shut it down for good," Cashman said. "That door is closed." If the season started today, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova would be the Yankees' top three starters, with the two remaining spots in the rotation being filled by internal candidates such as Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and David Phelps.