Yankees LHP CC Sabathia responded to former teammate Mark Teixeira's comments saying he was "not surprised" that another former teammate, Robinson Cano, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance.
"I don't want to get into what Tex said, but I'll put it like this: I'm not surprised he said that coming from him," Sabathia said on CBS Radio's "Tiki and Tierney" on Thursday.
Cano, the Seattle Mariners second baseman who played for the Yankees from 2005 to 2013, tested positive for furosemide, a masking agent that MLB listed under its banned substances, and was suspended 80 games last week.
Teixeira, who was teammates with Cano from 2009 to 2013 and Sabathia from 2009 to 2016, said Cano's closeness with Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez and other people with ties to Biogenesis, made him skeptical.
"I don't really want to get into too much detail, I love Robbie, but I'm not surprised," Teixeira said. "I don't want to get too much further but I think a lot of people are trying to say the same thing. ... When someone gets lumped into that group, it's because there's evidence. There's a paper trail. There's a smoke trail."
Told about Sabathia's comments, Teixeira, now an analyst with ESPN, told "The Michael Kay Show": "That means that I'm very outspoken. I've had plenty of run-ins with teammates or with media standing up for things that maybe I believe in. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. And my guess is CC knows that about me. I've played with him for eight years. He knows that I'll speak my mind. And whether you think I'm right or wrong, that's your prerogative. But I am going to say what's on my mind."