The night of September 8th, the Yankees ace CC Sabathia walked off the mound in Baltimore having given up five runs over 6.1 innings and there were questions as to whether he was injured or not. It was legitimate after all since CC had already spent two stints on the DL, but manager Joe Girardi insisted he was fine – he even got into a fight with the NY Post’s Joel Sherman over it.
CC answered back by pitching to a 2.35 ERA over his next four regular season starts with a 9.1 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 that suggested he was fine. He then went out and pitched two incredible games in the ALDS where he threw at least 120 pitches in each one and allowed just three earned runs. The questions as to whether he was hurt or not disappeared.
Gone, but not forgotten. At least not by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman who is still quite worried about CC’s elbow.
“Let’s put it this way, we’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it,” Cashman told Marc Carig of Newsday. “That will be on the list of things we have to look at now that the offseason’s here. Whether he wants to or not, we’re going to go look into this thing and make sure everything’s OK.”
And why not? We’re not only talking about the Yankees most important pitcher, but also a guy who is still owed at least $94 million over the next four seasons. Losing him might not only mean missing the playoffs, but it would also kill their plans to reach a $189 million payroll by 2014.
So yeah, take a look at that elbow. MRI it. MRI it twice. Make sure CC is healthy and ready to roll next season.