Giants' pitcher Tim Hudson says ankle near 100 percent

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson says he’ll be ready to go for his new team when the season starts.

The 38-year-old righty is still recovering from a badly broken right ankle that occurred on July 24 while he was running the bases for the Atlanta Braves.

Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million free-agent deal with the Giants in November.

Hudson said Friday that he’s right on schedule. He said his ankle feels close to 100 percent.

YANKEES: Ace CC Sabathia has reported to spring training at a slimmed-down 275 pounds, 40 below his high.

The 33-year-old left-hander was 14-13 last year and set career highs for ERA at 4.78 and home runs allowed with 28. He gave up 122 runs, the most in the major leagues.

Sabathia said Friday he decided to lose the weight after a cousin, Demetrius Davis, died of a heart attack at age 45 in December 2012. Sabathia dropped most of the pounds last year, plus an additional five during the offseason.

Sabathia says “I felt like ‘The Biggest Loser’ last year,” a reference to a reality television show. “I lost a lot of weight, but I just wasn’t physically ready to go out and play.”

DODGERS: Matt Kemp isn’t in a rush to get back. Not this time.

The Los Angeles outfielder, recovering from off-season ankle surgery, says that he hurried back from injuries the past two years and it didn’t work out too well. Now, he says, it’s time for a different approach.

Kemp did some fielding and throwing when the Dodgers went through their first full-squad workout of spring training on Friday. He says the injury hasn’t affected his ability to hit, either.

Running is the problem.

Kemp says he has no timetable for his return but says he won’t play until he feels he’s completely healthy.


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