CC Sabathia is going on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his left elbow. The injury first popped up after last week’s start against the Mariners, and an MRI showed no structural problem.
“As for our concern, it’s pretty low-level,” Joe Girardi said.
Sabathia had his left arm iced before today’s game, which is not overly unusual for a pitcher. Girardi said pregame that it was a non-issue — “preventative stuff,” he said — and Girardi defended that comment postgame, saying the Yankees really were trying to prevent Sabathia from missing Monday’s scheduled start. The decision to DL him wasn’t made until after today’s game, when Sabathia fought the decision, saying he was healthy enough to pitch Monday.
Two days after Sabathia’s August 3 start at home, he felt some elbow soreness and went for an MRI, which came back clean. That elbow pain is part of the reason Girardi held Sabathia to less than 100 pitches in Detroit, but Sabathia again felt some soreness after that start. Girardi said the Yankees considered having Sabathia simply skip a start without going on the disabled list, but they ultimately decided to take this route.
No more tests are scheduled.
“We want to wipe it out,” Girardi said.