CC Sabathia isn’t close to being ready to work in a game that counts, but the Yankees’ ace is itching to hurl in an exhibition game.

“I am definitely getting fired up for a spring training game, but I have a long way [to go] to pitch in a regular-season game,’’ Sabathia said after throwing two innings in what amounted to an accelerated batting practice session Thursday morning on Field 2 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Sabathia threw 46 pitches around an inning by Mariano Rivera, who used 18 pitches.

So when does Sabathia get into a game?

“That’s up to Larry,’’ Sabathia said of pitching coach Larry Rothschild. “I have another bullpen coming up and go from there. I like bullpens because I can work on things but I am getting antsy to pitch in a game.’’

Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia’s next exercise would be a simulated game Tuesday and the manager said the ace could be a candidate to start against the Blue Jays March 10.

According to Sabathia there has been no problem with his left elbow on which he underwent surgery last October to remove a bone spur.

“It feels good,’’ Sabathia said. “I’m excited I don’t have pain in there anymore.’’

As for Rivera, to the naked eye it’s impossible to tell he had major surgery on his right knee last June. He threw effortlessly and fielded bunts without a problem.

“I feel real good, that’s what I wanted to do,’’ Rivera said. “That’s what I needed to do, field bunts and plant and throw.”