New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman noticed that his ace, CC Sabathia, was putting on some pounds during the second half of last season, a fact that may have helped cause the knee problems Sabathia suffered along with the not completely stellar finish to the season.
Cashman let the team's trainers handle it, he said, but then got involved once he got Sabathia signed in the offseason to a five-year, $122 million extension, the New York Daily News reports. At that point, Cashman called Sabathia in to have a meeting to discuss his growing frame with him, trainer Steve Donahue and manager Joe Girardi. According to the Daily News, Cashman called the meeting "tough" and "awkward."
Sabathia seems to have responded well even if he didn't think the weight was an issue: "It's up to me to take away any possible factors," he said, the paper reports, "and be ready and strong the whole year."
Sabathia went 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA last season. After Aug. 1, though, Sabathia went 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA but then in two starts during the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers he allowed nine hits and five earned runs for a 6.75 ERA.