CC Sabathia likely to begin bullpen sessions this month

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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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.