By Eric Schmidt

New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia was back on the mound Saturday for the first time since his surgery. The left hander threw off the mound for 29 pitches in his first action since having surgery in October to remove a bone spur in his left elbow.

Sabathia told reporters that he thought the session went well. “No problems. Probably didn’t throw a strike, but that’s normal for my first bullpen. I got a little nervous when I first got up there. Hadn’t been up there. Didn’t know how I was going to feel, but I immediately felt good and I felt comfortable.”

Sabathia had two stints on the disabled list last season while dealing with a strained groin and then later in the year, an inflamed elbow on his pitching arm. He managed to post a 15-6 record with a 3.38 ERA despite his production falling off in the second half of the regular season.

The New York Yankees are planning to ease Sabathia back into the lineup and he will not make a spring training start until early March according to reports.

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