Reports: Yankees’ Sabathia says he’ll begin throwing bullpen sessions

CC Sabathia is not putting any expectations on himself as he works his way back from knee surgery.

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New York Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia was limited to eight starts last season because of a degenerative right knee condition that eventually required surgery. Now just a month away from the start of spring training, the veteran reportedly said on Friday night in New York that he expects to begin throwing bullpen sessions later this month.

Sabathia has been exceptionally healthy since the start of his career in 2001, having pitched at least 200 innings for eight consecutive seasons prior to 2014. However, the 34-year-old is not putting any number on innings he hopes to pitch in 2015.

"No, just health," Sabathia told reporters when asked about what he wanted in 2015 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, where he was attending Roc Nation’s boxing card, according to the New York Post. "If I’m healthy, I’m sure all that other stuff will take care of itself."

Having a healthy Sabathia would give the Yankees a chance to improve from a 2014 campaign that saw them miss the postseason for a second straight year and finish 18th in ERA.