Joe Girardi sounded as if his decision had been made. He didn’t even wait for the question last night before announcing that Freddy Garcia would start Sunday’s freshly schedule Game 2 at Yankee Stadium.
The second question was whether it would be possible to pitch CC Sabathia instead.
Sabathia threw only 27 pitches last night, which would seem to be little more than an aggressive bullpen session. By pitching Sabathia on Sunday, the Yankees could — in theory — bring him back to pitch Thursday’s Game 5 on short rest.
“I don’t think that’s the right thing to do,” Girardi said. “Just because, when you’re talking about a real heavy bullpen, this is more than a bullpen. And it’s not the right thing to do… I’m going to wait to see how he feels Saturday and Sunday. And then we’ll go from there.”
A few minutes later, Sabathia took his turn at the podium, and he vowed to make his case for pitching as often as possible.
“If (pitching Sunday) means I get the ball as many times as possible, I’m all for it,” he said. “… My side days, I don’t do a full warmup. I went through my full pre-game warmup (last night). That’s about 48 pitches, too. Like I said, I’ll just see how I feel tomorrow and work with Skip and see what happens.”
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