For tonight’s game, CC Sabathia is not considered a second left-handed specialist out of the Yankees bullpen. He’s not restricted to starting an inning, and there is not one specific situation in which Joe Girardi would use him.
“Could be one batter. It could be to bridge the gap,” Girardi said. “Anything.”
Girardi said Sabathia is available for more than one inning, probably for 45 to 50 pitches if necessary. Girardi would have to check with him constantly to make sure he’s still good to go. As much as Girardi would prefer to have Sabathia start an inning — a situation much more natural for a starting pitcher — the Yankees will “maybe not have that luxury.”
Basically, Sabathia is in the bullpen and he’s no different from any other reliever. If Girardi thinks Sabathia is the best man for the job, that’s who will come in to pitch.
“I’ll use him if I need him,” Girardi said.