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CC asked for extra day of rest last week

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia looks

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia looks on in the dugout in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels. (Sept. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

TORONTO -- CC Sabathia has always talked about his preference for pitching on regular rest but Joe Girardi disclosed before Saturday's game the ace requested extra recently.

"He asked for an extra day so we gave it to him," Girardi said.

It happened in advance of Sabathia's start last Saturday in Anaheim. In his two previous starts, Sabathia threw 128 and 111 pitches, respectively.

"I just felt I could use the day," Sabathia said by his locker Saturday when asked about Girardi's comments.

Sabathia said it was not an indication that the heavy workload -- he's pitched at least 230 innings each of the last four years -- is catching up to him, and Girardi doesn't believe that either.

Girardi said after Friday's game, one in which Sabathia didn't look sharp in his 5 2/3-inning outing, that the pitcher would go on regular rest for his next start, meaning he'd start one of Wednesday's doubleheader games against the Rays.

What Girardi wouldn't say is how he'll adjust Sabathia's schedule so he can start ALDS Game 1 Sept. 30 on regular rest. "Let's just worry about getting in, then we'll adjust the schedule when we have to," he said.


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