NEW YORK -- After his manager announced the Yankees would stick with a six-man rotation for at least one more turn, CC Sabathia said he, like any pitcher, would prefer to work on the normal four days' rest. But he also said he didn't think the Yankees would ask him. If the Yankees did ask for Sabathia's input, they didn't factor it in to their immediate plans.
With a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League East and a 9 1/2-game lead over the Rays for the AL' s Wild Card, the Yankees have less pressure to pitch Sabathia every fifth day. Manager Joe Girardi announced Monday that the Yankees would stay in order and start Sabathia with an extra day off on Saturday.
That means Ivan Nova will pitch Thursday's makeup game in Baltimore and that Bartolo Colon will follow Friday at the Angels. Girardi announced Sunday that Phil Hughes (who will pitch Tuesday) and A.J. Burnett (Wednesday) would stay in the rotation and finish the Orioles series that started Monday in the Bronx.
Sabathia has made 30 starts this year. Of those, he has worked on normal rest 18 times. Ten more times he pitched on five days' rest. Thanks to early rainouts and scheduled off-days, he pitched after six days once, on April 17. His Opening Day start on March 31 came 10 days after his final Spring Training tuneup.
Following the start in Anaheim, Sabathia will likely be working with an extra day of rest the next time he takes the mound. The Yankees' lone remaining scheduled off-day arrives five days after the game against the Angels.