CC Sabathia likely to begin bullpen sessions this month


Yankees starter CC Sabathia says his knee feels fine and he’s likely to begin throwing bullpens at the end of January, reports Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News. Sabathia underwent right knee surgery in July. The lefty added, “I feel good, I don’t have any pain, no nothing. My arm feels good.”

Sabathia, 34, posted a 5.28 ERA over eight starts before hitting the disabled list in mid-May. He’ll earn $23 million this season, $25 million in 2016, and has a $25 million vesting option with a $5 million buyout for 2017. He expects to show up at spring training on schedule with the rest of his teammates.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.