Joe Girardi: Workload might have hurt CC Sabathia's velocity

CC Sabathia delivers a pitch in a game

CC Sabathia delivers a pitch in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. (Sept. 8, 2012) (Credit: AP )

BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi again maintained that he doesn't think anything is physically wrong with CC Sabathia, but he did offer a theory regarding the lefthander's drop in velocity.

"It's been inconsistent this year, and at times you wonder if it's the workload he's had the last four or five years," Girardi said. "He's logged a lot of innings over his career."

Sabathia, who is adamant that he's healthy, threw at least 230 innings each of the previous five seasons. Because of two stints on the disabled list this year, that streak will end; he has pitched 1691/3 innings.

Girardi said he doesn't believe the drop in velocity is related to Sabathia's most recent DL stint, Aug. 9-23 with left elbow inflammation.

"I think it would manifest itself in less velocity than what he's throwing; you wouldn't see the 94s [mph] and 95s that you see," Girardi said. "I ask every day . . . and he doesn't have that pain."

Pettitte closing inGirardi said Andy Pettitte likely will throw a simulated game Wednesday in Boston and didn't rule out the possibility that he will be back in the rotation next week. "I think the weekend might be pushing it," Girardi said.

Still hot

Jerry Meals' blown call at first base to end Saturday's game continued to be a topic Sunday. After Saturday's game, crew chief Mike Winters said the replay he'd seen of the play was "inconclusive." Winters declined a request late Sunday morning to talk with reporters.

Teixeira criticized the umpires Saturday and expects to be fined. He did not hear from the league but figures he will. "It's Sunday," he said with a smile. "They're watching football."

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