CHICAGO -- Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia came through his normal bullpen session without discomfort on Tuesday and expects to return from the disabled list to start on Friday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Sabathia said that he went through his full 38-pitch preparation, including breaking balls, and his left elbow did not give him any problems.
"It's a big relief that I can go out and throw all my pitches and not be hindered by anything, or feel like I can't throw [a] pitch because it might hurt," Sabathia said. "I have none of that, and today just confirmed that. I feel good about going out there on Friday."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants to see how Sabathia bounces back after his bullpen session but said "it's pretty likely" that Sabathia will be starting on Friday at Progressive Field.
"That's real encouraging, and the fact he threw a light bullpen on Saturday and didn't feel anything Sunday or Monday is encouraging as well," Girardi said.
Sabathia said that he did not expect to have any limitations in that start, but Girardi said he might truncate the ace's pitch count slightly.
"Let's just watch the game," Girardi said. "I probably wouldn't let him go 115 [pitches], but I don't think it's inconceivable that we would throw him 100 pitches, 95 pitches."
Sabathia speculates that the inflammation in his left elbow came from "wear and tear over the years," and he continues to work with head athletic trainer Steve Donohue on treatment plans.
But Sabathia said that the stint on the disabled list, his second of the season, won't force him to be more cautious with his innings load moving forward.
"How do you do that? You keep going," Sabathia said. "Every time I get a chance to get the ball, I'm going to try to go as deep in the game as possible. It's just one of those things. There's nothing you can really do about it."