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.
Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.
There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.
As for Reed, well, who knows.