Yankees News & Notes: CC ready to go, Cervelli on clinic list


The world of the New York Yankees never slows down, even in the offseason. Recently, Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia announced that he’s up and ready to go for 2013. In 2012, Sabathia went on the disabled list twice and had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow back in October. The next bit of Yankee news comes as a bit of a shock, but much like the Alex Rodriguez case, nothing is definitive. The Biogenesis Clinic which has been under fire lately for supposedly supplying PEDs to players, now has Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli thrown into the mix.

Heading into 2013, the Yankees will definitely need a healthy Sabathia at the front of the rotation. In 2012, Sabathia battled injury, but yet still managed a 15-6 record with a 3.38 ERA, a WHIP of 1.14, and 197 strikeouts all inside of 200 innings pitched. On the subject, Sabathia had this to say:

CC Sabathia, despite being injured in 2012, managed to pitch rather well. (Images: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

"“I feel pretty good. My arm feels good. I’ve been playing catch up to about 110 feet. I look forward to getting down to Spring Training and get off the mound and see how it feels.”"

Sabathia feels rather confident in the upcoming season and hopes to be at the top of his game. Manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild both have no qualms about the lefty and feel he will be ready to go.

In other news, Cervelli has found himself in some potential hot water. In a report that links Cervelli, Ryan Braun and Danny Valencia to PEDs, the MLB has said that they have an “ongoing investigation” surrounding the story. Cervelli denied the allegations and the three players have yet to be linked to any specific drug.

Cervelli had this to say on Twitter:

Cervelli is a career .271/.339/.353 hitter with 71 RBIs and 58 runs scored. Cervelli had been named to be fighting for the starting catching role alongside Chris Stewart and Austin Romine. Where this lands Cervelli, nobody knows, but with the Yankees already in a situation with A-Rod, the drama continues to mount for the Bronx Bombers.

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