After that start against Seattle, CC Sabathia woke up the next morning with limited range of motion and his left arm “kind of swollen.” He couldn’t hold his arm straight down, bend at the elbow, and touch his shoulder. He’s never had an arm injury in his career, and when he was hesitant to tell the Yankees training staff, his wife stepped in.
“My wife was going to call Stevie herself if I didn’t say anything,” Sabathia said.
An MRI showed no damage, but during Wednesday’s start in Detroit, Sabathia’s arm was stiff between innings. He felt it when his arm was fully extended, and he had to throw a little bit between innings to stay loose. The next morning, he woke up with similar symptoms. He again couldn’t bend at the elbow and touch his shoulder.
“I didn’t want to go on the DL,” he said. “This is not my decision, but I understand.”
Sabathia said there are no further tests scheduled. He was nervous before the MRI, but he now knows it’s something he can pitch through if necessary. “Of course” he would pitch if this were a playoff game, he said. As for the Yankees plan to have him return to the rotation August 24 in Cleveland, Sabathia said that’s not a plan, that’s a fact.
“That’s the day I’m pitching, for sure,” he said. “… It’s really just when I get extended is when I feel it, and in between innings. Warming up is the toughest thing the past couple of starts.”
• Girardi would not talk about the role of Derek Lowe because that signing won’t be official until tomorrow. Girardi did say, however, that Lowe is a guy who “understands the importance of the months of August and September.” He also talked a little bit about the value of groundball pitchers in Yankee Stadium.
• Ryota Igarashi is here. Have to think this could be a short stint, though.
• Nothing wrong with Ichiro Suzuki. He’s just getting another day off against a lefty. Girardi said he’s been planning to rest Ichiro somewhat regularly against left-handers. “We talked about that when we signed him,” Girardi said.
• The most important factor in deciding to put Sabathia on the disabled list? “It came back,” Girardi said. “It was gone before the Detroit start and it came back. We just felt that three or four days of rest weren’t enough.”
• Sabathia on trying to talk his way out of a DL stint: “I felt like I stated a good case. Cash wasn’t having it though. I definitely did everything I could to not go on the DL.”
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