Sabathia anticipates coming off disabled list next week

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia anticipates he will come off the disabled list late next week.

Sabathia went on the DL because of a strained left groin on May 5 and can be activated as soon as May 20.

''It's only going to be the 15 days, I'm sure,'' Sabathia said Wednesday.

The 35-year-old left-hander has been playing catch and said he will throw a bullpen session later this week.

''We won't really know until he starts really throwing off the mound,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said. ''Right now I would say he's on track.''

Sabathia said he could not have attempted to conceal the injury from the Yankees.

''I needed the treatment,'' he said. ''There was a lot of bruising down there, so it would have been hard to hide it. I couldn't have gotten away with it.''