CC Sabathia amassed at least 200 innings in seven consecutive seasons from 2007-2013, but he made just eight starts last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right knee in July. He’s hoping to get back to being a workhorse in 2015.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Sabathia told ESPN that everything continues to go well in his rehab and he’s ready to report to spring training next week. The veteran southpaw also stated that he has a goal of making 30 starts this season.
“That was the shortest year, having my year cut short by injury last year,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully this year I can go out and try to make 30 starts and just be healthy and try to help the team win.”
Sabathia managed to avoid a serious microfracture surgery, but he still had a bone spur removed and was told by doctors that his knee will never be 100 percent for the rest of his playing career. As a result, his knee will require constant maintenance moving forward. He had a stem cell injection last August and will have his knee drained regularly and receive platelet-rich plasma injections. That’s not the rosiest scenario for someone who is owed $48 million over the next two seasons with a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.
Sabathia, 34, owns a 4.87 ERA in 40 starts dating back to the start of 2013 and his velocity has declined along with it. The Yankees can’t count on him as a frontline starter at this point, but if he can adjust to his new normal and get back to his inning-eating ways, they would probably be pretty happy with that.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.