Sabathia to make spring debut on Tuesday

Lefty feeling good after simulated game; Tanaka to make second start on Wednesday

Sabathia to make spring debut on Tuesday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After clearing his latest hurdle, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is closing in on his first game action of the spring.

Sabathia will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, a day after the left-hander enjoyed a successful simulated game. Righty Masahiro Tanaka, who made his debut against the Braves on Thursday, is scheduled to face Atlanta the following day in Lake Buena Vista.

"I asked them both how they felt today, and they both said, 'Great,'" Girardi said.

Tanaka's Spring Training debut

Sabathia, who made only eight starts last season, has been recovering from right knee surgery. The 34-year-old felt no discomfort on Thursday, when he mixed some sliders and changeups into a 29-pitch session against Yankees Minor Leaguers.

Tanaka got off to a fine start in his first outing, retiring all six batters he faced, with two strikeouts. He needed only 19 pitches, throwing more in the bullpen afterward to reach his target of 35.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.