NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's second Minor League rehabilitation start has been moved up to Wednesday for Double-A Trenton against Portland. The Yankees had previously said that he was scheduled to pitch Thursday for the Thunder.
"We drew out a schedule, talked about the days that he could possibly pitch, and because he didn't throw a ton of pitches the other day we could move him up a day, and we'll do that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And then after that it'll be every five days."
Sabathia, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with fluid and inflammation in his right knee, has been itching to get back into the Yankees' rotation.
"It sucks just sitting around and not being a part of the team," he said. "It sucks for me just sitting here watching how tough it is and watch these guys grind."
In his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Tampa on Saturday, Sabathia threw 37 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and, most importantly to the Yankees, he reported no pain. He is expected to increase his pitch count by about 15 pitches with each outing.
"If it was up to me I would have already been back," Sabathia said. "But it's just one step at a time. I keep feeling good, so I'm excited."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.