Sabathia throws off mound

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New York Yankees left-handed ace CC Sabathia threw from a mound for the first time Saturday since having elbow surgery last October.

Sabathia told reporters after the 29-pitch session that he was nervous as a small crowd of coaches and reporters looked on.

"Just because it was the first time doing it," he said.

Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery during the offseason to clean out a bone spur in his left elbow.

"I'm not surprised (he was nervous)," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you have to kind of let it go a little bit, I think there's probably going to be a little bit of nervousness, because you're anxious to see what your arm is going to feel like when you get up there."

But Sabathia was happy after throwing a combination of fastball and changeups.

"I immediately felt good and felt comfortable after the first couple of pitches," he said. "I was excited to be back up there on the mound."

If there are no negative effects, Sabathia's next bullpen session is Tuesday. The team is bringing him along slowly, so he likely will not pitch in an exhibition right away.

"He's in no hurry and we've got plenty of time," Girardi said. "He said he felt good today and now the big thing is if he feels good tomorrow."
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