After the World Series, CC Sabathia waited only three weeks to begin throwing off flat ground. Nothing heavy, but he was playing catch three days a week in early December.
“I can’t take too much time off or my arm just gets in a funk,” he said.
Counting the playoffs, Sabathia pitched more than 240 innings for a third straight season, but he said it’s too early in his career to think about cutting back to save his arm. Sabathia doesn’t mind pitching a lot, doesn’t mind pitching on short rest and wouldn’t mind pitching into November again.
“I’ll do it every year,” he said. “I’ve got no problem with that.”
As for how his ace manages such a workload every season, Joe Girardi compared Sabathia to Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
“He’s very efficient,” Girardi said. “When he’s throwing 100 pitches to 110 pitches, it’s usually 10 to 1 an inning He’s not throwing 20 to 22 pitches an inning. He’s not laboring out there. Quick and crisp innings.”
Here’s the Sabathia audio from this afternoon.