Start the countdown clock to July 27th, because CC Sabathia made his first Minor League rehab start yesterday. He threw 2.1 innings for High-A Tampa, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 2 and walking 1. Of his 36 pitches, 24 were strikes and according to Erik Boland, a scout had him sitting high 80s with his fastball and touching 90 once or twice. The scout said it "looks like Spring Training", which is not a huge surprise considering Sabathia's age, the injury, and the slow-paced nature of his rehab schedule.
Also not surprising was CC's take on his outing. He said he "couldn't be happier" with the way he felt. This is the same thing we've heard for every other injury rehab, so take it with a grain of salt, but at least it's better than him saying he felt pain or discomfort in the knee. No word yet on when or where his next rehab outing will take place, but signs point to it being sometime next week for Double-A Trenton.