CC Sabathia was happy to talk about his return to the rotation after a stint on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. The lefthander was less interested in discussing a hot topic -- innings limitations.
"I don't have [an] innings limit,'' he said. "I don't care about what's going on with Matt Harvey. Sorry. I [couldn't] care less.''
Regarding his own situation, Sabathia said he threw a simulated game Saturday and had no issues with his surgically repaired knee, which will be fitted with a brace when he starts Wednesday against the Orioles.
"Facing hitters and letting it go, getting out there on my knee, [I] feel pretty confident that the brace will help me a lot,'' he said.
Sabathia admitted to having concerns after being forced to leave his Aug. 23 start against the Indians in the third inning.
"I didn't know what to think before going to the doctor,'' he said. "I thought maybe the season is over, who knows what's going to happen . . . knowing I can't make it any worse . . . I feel ready to go.''
Refsnyder stays upbeat
Much-talked-about prospect Rob Refsnyder is with the Yankees as a September call-up. He was a hot topic when he was called up in July, but to this point, the second baseman's big-league career consists of four games from July 11-18. He had two hits in 12 at-bats and was sent back to Triple-A as the Yankees decided to stick with Stephen Drew. Refsnyder hit .271 with nine home runs and 56 runs batted in for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"I have one of the best jobs in the world,'' he said, "and that's playing for the Yankees organization. I wasn't disappointed, I learned. I played in the big leagues and helped them win a couple of games.''
No news on Teixeira
Joe Girardi said there is nothing new to report on Mark Teixeira, who remains sidelined with a bone bruise in his lower right leg. "Not really,'' Girardi said. "We're continuing to treat him trying to get him back.''