CC Sabathia will not make another start in the regular season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday night. Instead, the Yankees' ace will eschew the chance for his 20th win and pitch in a simulated game to prepare for his Game 1 start in the Division Series next Friday.
The somewhat surprising decision came after Sabathia threw 127 pitches in a no-decision Wednesday night. Girardi left Sabathia in as long as he could in an attempt to get No. 20, but Sabathia left with the score tied at 2 in the Yankees' eventual 4-2 victory.
In order for Sabathia to start the playoffs on normal rest, he would have to pitch on three days' rest Sunday against the Red Sox. The Yankees have decided against that.
Sabathia won 19 games in 2009 and 21 in 2010 in his first two Yankees seasons. Asked if he'd be disappointed about finishing with 19, he said, "No. Maybe looking back when I'm done playing, but right now I don't really care. Just focusing on trying to win a championship."