CC Sabathia's on-the-field woes have become too large to ignore.
Joe Girardi said Friday that the Yankees will push back the lefty's next start so he can work on the problems that have made him one of the most hittable pitchers in baseball. Sabathia is 3-8 with a 5.59 ERA and has given up 19 home runs in 16 starts.
"Don't ask me what I'm working on," a curt Sabathia said after he was informed his next start would be Wednesday against the A's. Ivan Nova will take Sabathia's place Sunday against the Rays.
"He's been working on his cutter, which we've seen improvement," Girardi said. "We want him to continue to work."
Both Girardi and Sabathia insisted that the lefty wasn't hurt, "but it's good to get a break for my body, though, for sure," Sabathia said. "I'm good. It's just a break that I probably need, I guess -- take a step back, look at some things and try to be ready to go Wednesday."
Sabathia added that he believed he was making progress.
"It will give him a few extra days," said Girardi, who added that part of the decision was motivated by giving the 34-year-old some rest. "He's been a guy that's thrown every fifth day, every sixth day . . . He's OK. He's held up really, really well. There were concerns about him coming into this season physically. He's held up pretty well."