Sabathia throws 41 pitching during 3rd bullpen session

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia threw 41 pitches during his third bullpen session at spring training.

The 34-year-old left-hander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn't pitch after May 10. He had surgery in July.

''No problems,'' Sabathia said Friday. ''Still working on things. My cutter, my changeup.''

Sabathia said he will have another bullpen session before likely advancing to batting practice.

''Try and take it slow,'' Sabathia said. ''Not rush it or overdo it in February.''

Sabathia plans on wearing a knee brace this season and will receive injections and have fluid drained as needed.

The six-time All-Star and 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner made only eight starts last year and finished 3-4 with a career-worst 5.28 ERA. He is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 seasons.

Ivan Nova, coming back from right elbow ligament-replacement surgery in April, threw 26 fastballs and appears on track to rejoin the major league team by June.

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