While the Yankees learned hopeful ace Luis Severino may not be available Opening Day, CC Sabathia is also not expected to be ready either.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Wednesday that the team expects Sabathia to start the season on the Injured List. However, this was always the plan, according to SNY's Andy Martino, as Sabathia continues to take it slow since getting a heart procedure back in December.
Sabathia threw his first bullpen this past Friday, where he said he feels great.
"Conditioning-wise, knee-wise, everything felt great," Sabathia told reporters. "It was exciting being able to get off the mound."
With Sabathia starting the season on the IL, he won't be able to serve his five-game suspension stemming from last season after he intentionally hit Rays C Jesus Sucre back on Sept. 27. He must be healthy to serve the suspension, so that will be more time out. Boone, though, said he believes Sabathia will be starting in games in April.
It isn't the most ideal situation for the 38-year-old who is retiring once this season comes to an end. But he is confident he will be able to help the Yankees to the best of his abilities once he returns.
"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."