CC Sabathia struggled in his rehab start at Double-A

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CC Sabathia made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Double-A, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings, but afterward the Yankees left-hander seemed pleased with how his injured knee felt.

Austin Laymance of MLB.com reports that Sabathia’s fastball clocked in at 90-91 miles per hour and topped out at 94 mph. As for everything else, here was Sabathia’s review:

The secondary pitches weren’t that good, but my fastball I felt was coming off pretty good. I feel good health-wise, so I’ll be ready to go. I need to work on my secondary pitches a little more. Changeup was cutting, slider wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it to be, so we’ll do some work on those things. But overall, I felt pretty good.

Sabathia threw 55 pitches and last started a big-league game in early May, so setting aside his uneven performance he’ll need more time in the minors to build up arm strength before potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal,¬†LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune¬†reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.