Yanks’ CC Sabathia throws 1st batting-practice session since heart procedure

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw 20 pitches Tuesday during his first batting-practice session since a heart procedure in December.

Sabathia, 38, is expected to miss his first two or three regular-season starts, is slated to throw a simulated game Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

The 38-year-old from Vallejo, who is retiring after the season, had a stent inserted Dec. 11 after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart. He has had chronic right knee problems that required several operations.

“He’s really responded well to everything,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s doing well.”

Sabathia also is suspended for five games for hitting Tampa Bay’s catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch Sept. 27.

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 18 major-league seasons.

Tebow sent to minors camp: Tim Tebow was reassigned to minor-league camp by the Mets after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games.

The 31-year-old outfielder attended big-league camp for the second straight year and is expected to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner went for 4-for-15 with no extra-base hits in 18 plate appearances during spring training.

Tebow batted .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last year.

Astros’ Martes suspended: Injured Houston pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene.

A 23-year-old right-hander, Martes was considered the Astros’ top prospect entering 2017 and made his major-league debut that June. He was 5-2 with a 5.80 ERA in four starts and 28 relief appearances for the Astros.

He had Tommy John surgery Aug. 15 and was expected to miss most or all of this season.

Houston says in a statement “we hope that Francis can learn from this experience and that he returns to have a successful career.”

Martes’ suspension was the second this year under the major-league drug program after Kansas City pitcher Eric Skoglund. Nine players have been suspended this year under the minor league program.

Ohtani gets raise: Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, agreeing to a one-year contract that boosts his pay to $650,000 from last year’s minimum of $545,000.

Los Angeles announced agreements with 22 players not yet eligible for arbitration. Ohtani has a split contract with a salary of $272,500 while in the minor leagues.

Ohtani, 24, went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher and played 104 games overall as a rookie, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs. He had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar-collateral ligament, and the Angels think the earliest he could be ready to hit in games is May. He isn’t expected to pitch this year.

Exhibition highlights: Ronald Acuña Jr., last year’s NL Rookie of the Year, went 3-for-3 with a long home run and double off St. Louis Opening Day starter Miles Mikolas in Atlanta’s 5-0 exhibition win. … NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom allowed two runs — on a homer by Brian Anderson — in five innings, striking out six in his fourth spring start as the Mets took an 8-1 loss to the Marlins.

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