|CC Sabathia is ready for April 1st.|
The Houston Astros tacked on three runs against Sabathia in the first inning, but the Yankees' ace settled down from there. He pitched five innings and collected four strikeouts along the way. His cutter was not at its best, but he should be ready for Opening Day.
Just looking at his Spring Training stat line would may not look pretty, but there is more to Sabathia's performance as he recovers from shoulder surgery. His ERA sits at 5.40 in 10 innings and the lack of innings comes from the fact that he only made his spring debut on March 16.
He will be opposed by Jon Lester on Monday afternoon in the Bronx. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 ET.
Phil Hughes pitched in a minor league game this afternoon. He was slated to throw 70 to 75 pitches. He will most likely make one more minor league start before rejoining the team. Girardi acknowledged that Hughes will start the season on the disabled list.
Mariano Rivera has not allowed a single run in six Spring Training appearances. He was one of the relievers in the Yankees' draw with the Astros on Tuesday night. Looks like he is ready to go.
According to Josh Norris of the Trentonian, Dellin Betances did some side work and participated in pitching fielding practice. He turned 25 on March 23 and the Yankees are still waiting for this prospect to pan out. Hope is still alive in the front office.