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Yankees reinstate CC Sabathia from injured list

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia expects to undergo a knee replacement in the future, the pitcher told reporters Saturday. For now, however, the veteran southpaw appears to have made a sufficient recovery from the recurring bone-on-bone arthritis that has compromised his career over the last five years.

Sabathia is expected to slot back into the Yankees’ rotation when they face off against the Red Sox for the series finale on Sunday evening. The 38-year-old is verging on his second full decade in the majors and still going strong: Through his last start on May 22, he boasts a 3-1 record in eight outings with a 3.48 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 7.4 SO/9 through 41 1/3 innings.

There’s no doubt that Sabathia has weathered more than his fair share of ailments over the last few seasons, however, from chronic arthritis to a worrisome artery blockage in his heart. With regard to the former condition, the lefty said that he’ll try to lose weight in order to alleviate some of the pressure on his knee; barring that, surgery may be inevitable if he intends to pitch through the remainder of his one-year contract with the club.

In a corresponding move, rookie reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. has been sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear a roster spot. The 24-year-old pitched to mixed results during his brief time in the big leagues this spring, allowing six runs and five walks and striking out 13 of 50 batters in his first 11 innings.

The Yankees are scheduled to take on the Red Sox at 7:05 PM EDT on Sunday. Opposite Sabathia, Boston will send southpaw David Price to the mound as the team looks to stave off a sweep and climb above .500.

Bryce Harper played some third base in an intrasquad game

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Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.

Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.

Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”

Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.

Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.