TAMPA, Fla. -- Starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and their ace, C.C. Sabathia is ready to put his right knee injury behind him. C.C. comes into 2015 having added 10 pounds in the offseason. He plans on pitching between 295 to 305 lbs.
"I think last year I came in a little too light," Sabathia explained. "By the end of the year last year, I felt good where I was at."
Manager Joe Girardi was not concerned with C.C.'s weight. "There was no conversation about that," Girardi said. "Obviously he went through the knee injury, and he's probably had success at a lot of different weights. We're comfortable with where he's at. The big thing for us is to keep him out there. That's what we have to do on a consistent basis, so he can build off of each start. I have no concerns about that."
Sabathia feels good about making a triumphant return this season.
"I've kind of taken things for granted, I guess," Sabathia said. "Not being able to perform and play last year was tough. Sitting at home all summer and watching these guys play was hard. I come into appreciating every little moment, and I'm just excited to get a chance to get back on the field."
"Just making sure that my control is where it needs to be, my two-seamer is good and my changeup is better than it's been," Sabathia continued. "Just making sure that I can spot up and throw the ball where I need to. I've been talking to Andy a lot about how he would attack guys later in his career, so I think I've got a pretty good plan."
Since 2013, Sabathia's record is 17-17 with an ERA of 4.87 in 40 starts