CC Sabathia said no one ever told him what caused the elbow inflammation that sent him to the disabled list earlier this month. He’d never had an injury like that, but he wasn’t particularly curious about what might have caused it.
“I guess just wear and tear over the years,” he said.
One day away from his all-but-certain return from the disabled list, Sabathia knows he’s done plenty to wear and tear his elbow. He topped 240 innings in each of the two seasons before he came to New York, and since joining the Yankees, he’s gone over 230 innings in three straight seasons (that’s to say nothing of his postseason workload). At 32 years old, signed through at least the 2016 season, should the Yankees and Sabathia do more to manage his workload going forward?
“How do you do that?” Sabathia said. “You keep going. Every time I get a chance to get the ball, I’m going to try to go as deep in the game as possible. It’s just one of those things. There’s nothing you can really do about it.”
Sabathia’s workhorse reputation is a big part of his value, and Joe Girardi had indicated that he has no plans of handling his ace with kid gloves because of one minor elbow scare. Even tomorrow night in Cleveland, Sabathia is expected to be cleared for 95 to 100 pitches.
“I’m going to watch him a little bit,” Girardi said. “But I’m not going to get too caught up in it. If he pitches Friday and comes out of it fine, you’re going to feel that maybe he’s over the problem. But I’ll check in. I’m sure the trainers will keep me informed if there’s something going on.”
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