CC Sabathia threw his first bullpen session Friday since the Yankees southpaw underwent a heart procedure in December. The 38-year-old, who announced two weeks ago that he'll retire after the 2019 season, also had another arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 12.
"Conditioning-wise, knee-wise, everything felt great," Sabathia told reporters. "It was exciting being able to get off the mound."
Sabathia underwent an angioplasty in December. He passed a stress test in January and was cleared to resume baseball activities.
He's slated to throw another bullpen session on Sunday and could pitch in a Spring Training game within the next couple of weeks.
It's a "realistic expectation," according to Aaron Boone, for Sabathia to be ready to pitch in April. He'll have some extra time to get ready, though, as he must serve the five-game suspension he was handed for drilling Rays catcher Jesus Sucre on Sept. 27.
"We haven't really mapped out a timetable yet just because I haven't thrown enough pitches off a mound," Sabathia said. "I'm sure we'll do that in the next couple days, but I've got plenty of time."
Sabathia signed a one-year, $8 million contract in November.
Meanwhile, RHP Danny Farquhar is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the first time since suffering a brain hemorrhage during a game on April 20. He's wearing a protective hat this spring.