The rehab process for CC Sabathia and his degenerative right knee took another step forward over the weekend and could take another step or 2 forward this week. Sabathia threw a 36-pitch bullpen session at The Stadium before Saturday's game, at what sounds like full strength. Sabathia said he "got after it a little bit" when he was throwing and that he was trying to really test the strength of his knee to make sure it will hold up. For what it's worth, he said the knee felt good after he finished.
From there, Sabathia is heading to the team facility in Tampa this week, where he will move to throwing live batting practice tomorrow. If he comes through that well, the tentative plan is to have him pitch in a MiL game on Saturday. The decision on what level won't come until later in the week, but I wouldn't be surprised if the team tries to get creative and get him in a few unofficial games so as not to start his 20-day MiL clock early. We're still 3 weeks away from the All-Star break and the plan was to bring him through a full ST simulation to get him stretched back out. Regardless of how good he feels and how poorly Vidal Nuno is pitching, there's no reason to rush that.
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