CC Sabathia RUMORS & NEWS

  • Sabathia climbs all-time lefty strikeout list

    The Score "CC Sabathia is pitching like the player of old. The 35-year-old left-hander pitched brilliantly in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, allowing two runs - none earned - across seven innings of work, while striking out seven. With the great performance, Sabathia moved into a tie..." May 27

  • Last-place Yankees send Sabathia to DL

    The Score "The struggling New York Yankees were dealt yet another blow Friday when starting pitcher CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 5, with a left groin strain. Sabathia's injury couldn't come at a worse time for the last-place Yankees, who lost Alex Rodriguez to a..." May 06

  • CC Sabathia not making strong case to stay in rotation

    New York Post "CC Sabathia hasn’t pitched his way out of the Yankees’ rotation. But his three outings thus far haven’t exactly precluded manager Joe Girardi from making such a move eventually. Sabathia’s underwhelming start to the season continued Friday night in the Yankees’ come-from-behind 6-3 win over the..." April 23

  • Why Sabathia's Public Recovery Matters

    Vice Sports "Nothing is less significant than the baseball played in March, which made it that much more startling when I got chills watching C.C. Sabathia pitching, playing, and working out during spring training. There was a time when Sabathia's pitching could elicit that reaction, although even when..." April 06

  • Yankees to round out pitching rotation with CC Sabathia, not Ivan Nova

    Sporting News "Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday that CC Sabathia will be the team's fifth starter in the rotation. "There was a lot of discussion," Girardi told reporters, via MLB.com. "Lot of it came down to CC's September last year. He's been there so many times." The 35-year-old Sabathia is..." April 02

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    Ryan Hatch @ryanhatch

    Cc Sabathia is the Yankees fifth starter

  • Sabathia to have alcohol removed from hotel rooms during road trips

    The Sports Daily "After a stint in alcohol rehab, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is doing everything possible to avoid a relapse. That includes removing the minibar from hotel rooms on road trips, which he discussed in an exclusive interview with VICE Sports. Sabathia wrote an essay in The Player’s Tribune..." April 01

  • Yankees may put CC Sabathia in bullpen to start season

    Larry Brown Sports "CC Sabathia may not have a spot in the starting rotation waiting for him. According to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Sabathia is in a battle with Ivan Nova for the fifth and final spot in the Yankees’ rotation, and the team isn’t afraid to relegate him to the bullpen if Nova outpitches him. “This..." March 27

  • Sabathia could start 2016 in Yankees' bullpen

    CBS Sports "Most teams come to spring training with a few roster spots up for grabs, and the Yankees are no different. They opened camp this year with openings on their bench and in their bullpen. They're also trying to sort out their fifth starter's spot. The Yankees are currently slated to start 2016..." March 20

  • CC Sabathia ugly day: Blip or 1st strike against making rotation?

    New York Post "CC Sabathia spent most of his career knowing what was in his arm and, because of that, knowing what his status was. There was genius in that arm, so there was certainty atop a rotation. He did not need to bother with pecking orders. The pecking order formed behind him. Sabathia was an ace, and..." March 14

  • My Toughest Out - CC Sabathia

    The Player's Tribune "I've played in sold out stadiums. I’ve undergone numerous surgeries. And I’ve even pitched in the World Series. But nothing scared me more than saying these three words: “I need help.” Well, it’s not even the words, really. Words are easy to say, particularly when you don’t believe them. I..." March 07

  • CC Sabathia reveals his unconventional plan to stay sober

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia knew he was an alcoholic in 2012, but it took him three years and a 30-day stay at an rehab facility in the offseason for him to overcome the problem. Now he has a plan to stay sober. Since Sabathia did almost all of his heavy drinking alone in his..." February 20

  • Pettitte confident Sabathia can have successful season

    The Score "Andy Pettitte is confident former New York Yankees teammate CC Sabathia can be successful this season with a diminished fastball that normally tops out in the upper 80 mph range. ''I am just because I know what he can do,'' Pettitte said Monday. ''I watched him too many times and the command..." February 15

  • After alcohol rehab, Yankees' CC Sabathia in battle for starting job

    ESPN "Stop me if you’ve read this one already: The position has been filled. That is the sign that should be posted outside the Yankees' spring training complex when position players arrive on Feb. 24. It is the same sign that should have been posted last spring. (It is not, thankfully, the sign that..." February 11

  • CC Sabathia after rehab: ‘I feel the best I have in three years’

    New York Post "His right knee has a lot of miles on it and sobriety is a lifelong battle, but when pitchers and catchers arrive in Tampa next week they will be greeted by CC Sabathia, who is encouraged how the hinge feels and stronger mentally after a monthlong stint at a rehab facility in October to battle a..." February 10

  • CC Sabathia unveils his 2016 post-rehab version

    New York Post "CC Sabathia’s 2016 has begun. The lefty, coming back from a right knee injury and an offseason stint in rehab, threw off flat ground and in the bullpen in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa on Friday. Sabathia, 35, is coming off a rocky..." January 30

  • Upbeat CC Sabathia sees ‘personality change’ since rehab

    New York Post "CC Sabathia is in the early rounds of a battle with alcohol that will last as long as he lives. Yet the veteran lefty likes the post-rehab version of himself so far. “It’s in the early stages. I will always be in recovery,’’ said Sabathia, who left the Yankees on the last day of the regular..." December 17

  • Yankees' GM Brian Cashman: CC Sabathia not guaranteed rotation spot in 2016

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees' pitcher CC Sabathia is out of rehab and he appears to be doing well after leaving the team on October 5 to handle a drinking problem. Before that dramatic turn of events, Sabathia finished the 2015 season with 4.73 ERA in 29 starts—not terrible, but certainly not great. He spent some..." November 10

  • Sabathia admits he's been a 'functioning' alcoholic since 2012

    New York Daily News "It's a Sunday morning in Baltimore, the final day of the regular season. The Yankees are dealing with the effects of a doubleheader the previous day, but CC Sabathia is feeling much worse. He's hung over and knows he has a serious problem. A weekend of drinking - mostly by himself in his..." November 06

  • CC Sabathia on alcohol rehab: 'No other option'

    USA Today "New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he had “no other option” other than to enter alcohol rehab the day before his team was set to play the Houston Astros in the American League wild card game last month. He made the revelation during an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America”..." November 05

  • CC Sabathia surfaces 28 days after rehab stunner

    New York Post "CC Sabathia surfaced Monday for the first time since announcing Oct. 5 he would enter an alcohol rehab center. Sabathia — with his wife, Amber — emerged from a salon in his hometown of Alpine, NJ. On the eve of the Yankees’ eventual wild-card loss with the Astros, the left-hander shocked the..." November 03

  • The weekend-long bender behind Sabathia’s rehab stay

    New York Post "Struggling Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he will spend the postseason drying out in rehab while his teammates chase a World Series title — a move that follows a weekend-long bender during a Baltimore road trip, sources told The Post. “His drinking got really bad this..." October 07

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Cashman: "It wasn't a phone call I was expecting."

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Yankees just put out a statement saying Sabathia is going into alcohol rehab and will not be available to the team in postseason

  • CC Sabathia enters alcohol rehab on eve of postseason

    New York Post "Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he is checking himself into an alcohol rehab center. The team released the shocking statement on Monday, one day before the Yankees start their postseason run against the Astros in the wild-card game. “I love baseball and I love my..." October 05

  • Knee-replacement surgery in CC's future

    MLB.com "CC Sabathia is pitching with bone-on-bone arthritis in his right knee, he told MLB.com as Sunday night turned into Monday morning. "Big time," said Sabathia after gutting out six innings of one-run, five-hit ball to help the Yankees win the Subway Series by clobbering the Mets at Citi Field,..." September 21

  • Yanks counting on CC Sabathia to take another step forward

    Bombers Beat "Hello from Tropicana Field, where the Yankees will open a three-game series with the Rays tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET. CC Sabathia is on the mound for the Yankees; Erasmo Ramirez is getting the starting nod for Tampa Bay. The Yankees have won eight of their last 10 road games, and have won four..." September 14

  • Why CC Sabathia is so hopeful after first start in knee brace

    New York Post "CC Sabathia wore the right knee brace he once viewed as acceptable as eating poached sand. The Yankees hoped for “80 to 90” pitches and he was right there Wednesday night, about to make No. 85 that he hoped would end the fifth inning. All in all, not a bad return from the disabled list. Then..." September 10

  • Yankees LHP Sabathia reinstated, gets start

    Covers.com "The New York Yankees reinstated left-hander CC Sabathia from the 15-day disabled list to start Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Sabathia has not pitched since Aug. 23 and went on the disabled list the next day with right knee inflammation. He had knee surgery last season..." September 09

  • Returning CC Sabathia ‘excited’ to be pitching in a pennant race

    New York Post "CC Sabathia always has a sharp perspective on what is happening with the Yankees. Now that he is returning from the disabled list on Wednesday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, the veteran lefty understands what he is stepping back into. “At this point it’s up to us,’’ Sabathia said..." September 09

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Sabathia on DL. No timetable for his return. Girardi: "Is it possible he won't pitch the rest of the year? It's possible."

  • CC Sabathia exits game with knee injury

    ESPN New York "Yankees starter CC Sabathia was lifted in the third inning Sunday because of pain in his surgically repaired right knee. Sabathia appeared to be laboring in the inning when he struck out Yan Gomes for the second out. After a 91 mph fastball, manager Joe Girardi and athletic trainer Steve..." August 23

  • CC Sabathia -- Caught Up in Toronto Street Brawl

    TMZ "Yankees star CC Sabathia was leaving a Toronto nightclub when a massive fight broke out ... and several people had to hold him back from the action. The brawl broke out early Saturday morning outside EFS Nightclub ... after the Yankees had won game 1 of their weekend series against the Blue..." August 18

  • CC Sabathia I Let Haters Get Under My Skin

    TMZ "CC Sabathia lost his temper outside a Toronto nightclub because Blue Jays fans were ripping him for his pitching ability. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Yankees star's friends had to hold him back from a street brawl that erupted early Saturday morning after game 1 of the Yanks-Jays series...." August 17

  • CC Sabathia has to prove to Yankees they don’t need trade upgrade

    New York Post "The Yankees need answers this month, their last opportunity to restock their roster without considerable restrictions. Some answers arrived Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury ($153 million) and Andrew Miller ($36 million), $189 million of talent, returned from the disabled list..." July 09

  • CC Sabathia’s snippy reaction to being skipped in rotation

    New York Post "Don’t call it a demotion — not yet, anyway. The Yankees are skipping veteran CC Sabathia’s spot in the rotation on Sunday, with the hope a few extra days of rest can get the struggling southpaw back on track. Before the Yankees and the Rays opened a three-game series at the Stadium on..." July 04

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    Lohud Yankees Blog @LoHudYankees

    Ivan Nova will now start Sunday, Girardi says. CC Sabathia moved to Wednesday. #Yankees

  • Joe Girardi: CC Sabathia is staying in rotation

    ESPN New York "CC Sabathia says he is healthy. However, his ERA is not. Even with a 5.65 ERA, Joe Girardi plans to keep Sabathia in the starting rotation. "You are asking me a question, I just walked in here from two minutes ago, we played the game," Girardi said after the New York Yankees' 11-6 loss. "He..." June 24

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia, groundball specialist? MLB analyst says maybe

    Newark Star-Ledger "An ex-Yankee has some thoughts on how veteran starting pitcher CC Sabathia might be able to reinvent himself. Sabathia has had it rough the last two years. In 2013, Sabathia struggled with his velocity drop and command and posted some of the worst full-season numbers of his career. But 2014?..." April 09

  • CC Sabathia ‘excited’ to finally get back on mound in real game

    New York Post "Forget what happened Monday afternoon and Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Opening Day is Thursday to one rather important piece of the Yankees landscape. “It’s my opener,” said CC Sabathia, who will make his first regular-season start since last May 10. “I’m excited. Especially getting the..." April 09

  • Yankees' Sabathia 'really nervous' in 1st start in 10 months

    The Score "CC Sabathia has insisted all spring that he's not judging himself on the results of the box score. Neither is his manager, Joe Girardi. Sabathia, who underwent season-ending surgery last summer to repair degenerative cartilage in his right knee, performed inconsistently across two innings..." March 18

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    A scout who saw CC Sabathia last night says: "He threw better, & harder, than I've seen him throw in 3 years." Good sign for the #Yankees

  • Yanks' Chris Capuano likely out April; CC Sabathia throws 29 pitches

    Fox Sports "CC Sabathia thinks he is ready for his first spring training start. The New York Yankees left-hander threw 29 pitches broken down into two innings during his first simulated game of spring training Thursday. Sabathia is lined up to possibly pitch on Tuesday. The 34-year-old was hobbled by a..." March 12

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    Brendan Kuty @BrendanKutyNJ

    Sabathia scheduled for sim game Thursday. 30-pitch sim game today. #Yankees

  • Yankees' Sabathia on Rodriguez: 'I think we'll welcome him with open arms'

    The Score "Alex Rodriguez may incur some nasty treatment from baseball fans in 2015 when he returns from a season-long suspension, but the embattled third baseman will be received warmly in the New York Yankees' clubhouse, according to one of his veteran teammates. "In the clubhouse, I think he'll be..." February 10

  • Sabathia ‘freaks out’ after missing flight to Jamaica

    New York Post "Yankees ace CC Sabathia allegedly went ball-istic at Newark Airport over the weekend when he and his entourage just missed a flight to Jamaica. Port Authority police had to be called after the pitcher — scheduled to fly to Jamaica on Saturday for a vacation — arrived too late to board the..." January 03

  • Why CC Sabathia isn’t worried the Yankees lost Robertson

    New York Post "In the end, the Yankees picked adding Andrew Miller (and trusting Dellin Betances) over paying David Robertson. And whatever hole that leaves in the Bombers’ bullpen, CC Sabathia said he is confident the current pair can fill it. Robertson bolted The Bronx for a four-year, $46 million contract..." December 10

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia: I could still dominate

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite a pair of down seasons, a loss of fastball velocity and a serious knee injury, CC Sabathia said still believes he can regain his Cy Young-caliber form. Asked on ESPN Radio Wednesday whether he could come back in 2015 and pitch the way he did in 2009 — when his 19-8 record and 3.37 ERA..." October 23

  • What CC Sabathia and A-Rod have in common right now

    New York Post "CC Sabathia said he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” as he continues to come back from knee surgery, but just like several of his other high-priced teammates, including Alex Rodriguez, there are no guarantees on what he’ll produce going forward. Still, the lefty sounded confident that both..." October 22

  • Sabathia: More serious knee surgery avoided, expects to pitch in 2015

    ESPN New York "CC Sabathia revealed Tuesday that he had a bone spur removed from his right knee when he had season-ending surgery on his right knee last Thursday. But the 34-year-old left-hander also said that a more serious microfracture surgery has been ruled out, and expressed confidence that he'll be healthy..." August 06