The decision to go with the 26-year-old international sensation means CC Sabathia’s streak of opening day starts with the Yankees will end at six.
Jeter left behind a team in transition, that failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in a generation and is beset with an older core coming off injuries.
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Though it appears the Japanese ace will get the call, manager Joe Girardi still isn’t ready to make it official.
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CC Sabathia got shelled on Sunday, but said he’d take the trade-off in a heartbeat.
CC Sabathia gave up two runs and four hits over two innings in his first spring training start, a New York Yankees’ 4-2 loss Tuesday night to the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I’m not hurt. I feel good. That’s the only way I’m judging myself right now,” Sabathia said. “I’m encouraged.”
Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.
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The 34-year-old left-hander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn’t pitch after May 10. He had surgery in July.
Inside the Yankees fridge, there’s a plethora of leftovers. The lobster isn’t fresh. The filet mignon is long gone. But, this is it. Hal’s done shopping.
“It’s absolutely good,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think the No. 1 thing is throwing it a little bit harder than last time.”
A large man with a “bum knee,” as the 305-pound lefty called it, can’t help but run into trouble down the line. It is almost inevitable.
The 34-year-old lefty was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and was done after having surgery in July.