CC Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound yet, but says he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent”

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CC Sabathia is a huge question mark for the Yankees thanks to two seasons of poor performances and chronic knee problems, but the former Cy Young winner says he’s feeling good three months after surgery.

Sabathia told Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record that he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” and “I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason.”

For now he’s throwing twice a week off flat ground and doesn’t plan to throw off a mound until spring training, so it’ll be tough to gauge his overall readiness for a while.

Sabathia, who was shut down for the season in May, has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts since 2013. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.