CC Sabathia expected to return from disabled list on Wednesday

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It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like CC Sabathia could miss the rest of the season due to his arthritic right knee, but Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the veteran southpaw is on track to return from the disabled list Wednesday to start against the Orioles.

Sabathia, who has been out since August 23, said that he felt “great” after throwing 60 pitches over four innings in a simulated game Friday at Yankee Stadium. In an effort to stay on the field, he’s now wearing a brace on his knee as opposed to an athletic sleeve.

Whether Sabathia’s return will actually help the Yankees is another matter altogether. The 35-year-old has struggled with a 5.27 ERA over 24 starts this season while giving up 26 home runs in 138 1/3 innings. As was the plan prior to the knee injury, the Yankees plan to utilize a six-man rotation upon his return.

A ‘Mystery Team’ may be in on Gerrit Cole. What does that mean?

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“Mystery Team” is a term invented by Jon Heyman at the 2010 Winter Meetings in Florida. That’s when he published a rumor in Sports Illustrated that then-free agent pitcher Cliff Lee was being courted by “the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and a third mystery team.” He added — and I am not making this up — that “the mystery team remains a mystery and is also seen as a long shot.” That’s a heck of a line.

The whole “Mystery Team” thing was initially seen as a joke — and by some as Heyman trying to sound plugged in when he didn’t know anything — but he showed all of us when, the very next day, Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies who were, in fact, the “Mystery Team.”  With that a meme was born, and Heyman has owned it since then, mostly ironically, but certainly as a part of his personal brand. I’ve long been critical of Heyman for a lot of things, but the “mystery team” thing is kind of fun, actually. Takes some of the seriousness out of all of this. It’s certainly put his own stamp on his beat.

Welp, we got another one today:

I like to poke fun at the concept of “Mystery Team,” but given where the bidding is already, I don’t think that Cole needs a phony rumor of another bidder in order to inflate his market. He’s gonna make bank. As such, I’m willing to believe that there is, in fact, an unnamed team in the bidding.

I feel like we’ll find out soon.