KANSAS CITY -- CC Sabathia said he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium and is eyeing a July 17 return to the Yankees rotation.

Sabathia missed two starts before the All-Star break with a groin strain, but said he hasn't been bothered since the first week after he suffered the injury in a June 24 start against the Mets at Citi Field.

"I'll be ready. I feel pretty good," Sabathia said. "My arm feels great, I haven't felt the injury. I would assume that I'll go out and be ready to go."

Sabathia said that he expects to throw about 60 pitches in a simulated game on Friday at Yankee Stadium, which would put him in line to get back into the Yankees' starting five to face the Blue Jays in the Bronx.

Joba fires scoreless inning in rehab outing

KANSAS CITY -- Joba Chamberlain started the clock on his march back to the big leagues on Tuesday, turning in a strong rehab outing for the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees.


Chamberlain fired a scoreless inning, permitting one unearned run, while striking out two against the GCL Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.

Newsday reported that Chamberlain topped out at 97 mph with his fastball.

"My heart was racing, and it's nice to see somebody up there [at the plate] with the guys behind you," Chamberlain told the newspaper. "You sweat a little bit more and the adrenaline's going, but I couldn't have been more pleased with my offspeed stuff. Obviously, my fastball command wasn't where I would like it, but as far as velocity and everything that goes along with that with my arm was great."

The Yankees are hoping that Chamberlain will rejoin the big league roster in August. He is returning from Tommy John surgery performed last summer, as well as an open dislocation of his right ankle suffered during Spring Training in March.