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Live BP helps CC Sabathia get into routine

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws live batting practice

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws live batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

TAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia doesn’t sweat much at this point of his career, certainly not at this time of year.

“For me it’s just staying healthy, just being out there,” Sabathia said Thursday morning after facing hitters in live batting practice for the first time this spring. “The more reps I get, things start to come back. Just being out on the mound and getting that feeling of how the ball goes in your glove, getting signs from the catcher, just different things you need to get used to is what I take the time to do now, get my routine down, things like that.”

The 37-year-old Sabathia said everything “felt good” during the session, one that saw, among others, Aaron Hicks and Brandon Drury, the newest Yankee, stand in against him.

“Just getting out there,” Sabathia said when asked if there was anything in particular he was looking to accomplish. “First time facing hitters and seeing how your pitches are doing. Felt good, no problems health-wise so looking forward to getting back out there in a couple days.”

The lefthander said the next steps will be another live BP and then a simulated game after that. Sabathia was pleased with his changeup.

“Changeup felt good,” said Sabathia, who went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA last season, posting his lowest ERA since a 3.38 in 2012. “It had been not really good in my bullpens but today it was good, so that’s encouraging.”

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