New York manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Sabathia's start in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against Tampa Bay will likely be his last of the regular season in order to get Sabathia some rest before the American League Division Series.
In order to be on five days' rest for the first game of the Division Series next Friday, Sabathia will throw between 45-50 pitches in a simulated game Sunday.
"If I would have started a game, that's probably what it would have been anyway," Sabathia said of his pitch count. "I want to be on [five days' rest] going into Game 1, so we'll do it on Sunday."
The rest will be good for Sabathia, as Girardi said the Yankees will consider using a three-man rotation in the ALDS. This means Sabathia would likely be asked to pitch Game 4 on three days' rest should it be necessary, something he has done in the past and said he would be comfortable doing again.
"Maybe looking back when I'm done playing, I'll say, 'Maybe I wish I had a chance to win it,'" said Sabathia, who is 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA this season, and made three starts chasing win No. 20 (one loss, two no-decisions). "But right now, I don't really care. I'm just focused on trying to win a championship."