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CC Sabathia looks to be healthy, a positive sign for a Yankees team decimated by injuries.
Health is right now the main concern for the New York Yankees this spring. Alex Rodriguez is already sidelined until at least the All-Star break following hip surgery. And center fielder Curtis Granderson will miss at least the first month after getting hit by a pitch and suffering a fractured right forearm.
First baseman Mark Teixeira will also be out of action for at least the first month while he recovers from a strained right wrist tendon. Recent reports (h/t ESPN) indicate that his injury may even be more serious than a strain.
Starting pitcher Phil Hughes (back) may miss time at the beginning of the season as well, although he has begun throwing to live hitters.
Reliever Boone Logan is throwing again after suffering from elbow inflammation. His status for the start of the season is also unclear.
The good news is that Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera all appear to be ready for Opening Day. At least the old guys in the group are staying healthy.
Starter CC Sabathia made his first start of the spring on Friday, throwing five innings against the Miami Marlins, allowing just two runs on eight hits. He's on track for Opening Day.
Hughes' injury likely means that David Phelps will jump into the rotation. Phelps has been outstanding with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings.
Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova have all been consistent thus far as well.
Rivera has now thrown three scoreless outings, allowing no hits and striking out three. Setup man David Robertson has also looked splendid, throwing four scoreless outings. Joba Chamberlain, Clay Rapada, Shawn Kelly and David Aardsma are all getting regular work in as well, all sporting an identical ERA of 4.50.
If Logan can make his return by Opening Day, the bullpen will be a major asset for the Yankees. Considering the injury woes in the starting lineup, the Yankees can use all the help they can get.
The injury to Teixeira still has the Yankees scrambling for answers. Derrek Lee already said thanks but no thanks, leaving Juan Rivera as an option. It's simply not a palatable option.
With the injury to Granderson, the Yankees have signed both Ben Francisco and Brennan Boesch, castoffs from the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, respectively. Both will compete for time in the corner outfield positions, with Brett Gardner moving to center in place of Granderson.
Neither Francisco Cervelli nor Chris Stewart has stepped up in the battle for starting catcher. Cervelli is hitting just .222, Stewart just .217.
No. 1 prospect Gary Sanchez got a brief look in camp before being optioned to the minors. Sanchez hit .200 in five at-bats. No. 3 prospect Tyler Austin was sent down as well, but he hit .571 (4-for-7) with two RBI.
No. 4 prospect Slade Heathcott was sent to minor league camp on Saturday after hitting .200.
No. 8 prospect Mark Montgomery is having trouble with control, walking six batters in 4.2 innings. Montgomery featured a 13.8 K/9 rate last year, so if he can improve the command, he could be a valuable bullpen commodity.