AL East injury updates: C.C. Sabathia, Clay Buchholz, Dustin McGowan, Joel Peralta

Patrick McDermott

All the dirt on the biggest bumps and bruises in the AL East.

C.C. & Mo Feeling Good

C.C. Sabathia (elbow) and Mariano Rivera (knee) threw 30-pitch bullpen sessions on Saturday and reported no problems or pain after the fact, reports Pat Borzi of the New York Times. While the session was old hat for Rivera -- his second of camp -- it was Sabathia's first go on the mound since undergoing minor elbow surgery in October. Sabathia said he was nervous before taking the mound but felt good once he got up there. Though the Yanks start exhibition games next week, Sabathia and Rivera won't get any in-game action until March. Captain Derek Jeter also plans to sit out the club's early exhibition matches, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, but believes his now plate- and screw-laden ankle will not be a problem come Opening Day.

Buchholz Healing, Napoli Steps Up Activity

Clay Buchholz started camp off on a bad note, straining his right hamstring while bending down to pick up a baseball on Tuesday. The Boston right-hander is responding "favorably to treatment" thus far, per the Boston Globe, and should be back throwing some time this week. In other leg injury news, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was cleared to pick up his workload on Friday, writes Alex Speier of WEEI, after an MRI revealed that his degenerate hip condition -- avascular necrosis -- has not gotten any worse. The veteran slugger has never gone to the DL for a hip injury, but his initial MRI with the club was bad enough to turn a three-year, $39 million deal into a one-year, $5 million one.

McGowan Out Again, Romero 100x Better

The Blue Jays got some badd news and good news on the injury front as camp opened last week. Right-hander Dustin McGowan, who has thrown all of 21 big-league innings since 2009, has been shut down indefinitely because his "shoulder was barking," according to Barry Davis of SportsNet. McGowan missed the all of last season battling foot and shoulder injuries. On the good news front, left-hander Ricky Romero says that his elbow feels "100 times better" and his knees are a "work in progress," which the club hopes to mean that he is primed for a bounce-back year.

Sandwiches 1 - Peralta 0

Rays reliever Joel Peralta wins the award for strangest camp injury thus far. The right-hander injured his neck while getting out of his car to buy sandwiches on Tuesday, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The injury isn't thought to be anything serious, and shouldn't keep Peralta out very long, but it is still noteworthy as the second strange neck ailment that has befallen the Rays at Spring Training in as many years.

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