There were some fears that CC Sabathia might not throw another pitch for the New York Yankees this season.
The ace, who is on the 15-day disabled list, states he intends to start in Cleveland on 24 August.
“That’s the day I’m pitching, for sure,” Sabathia said. “We, as an organisation, haven’t talked about it yet. Right now, it’s just a lot of ice, electric stimulation and things like that to just to try and get my swelling down.”
The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia is 12-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 20 starts this season. He went down on 4 August, one day after beating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium, after saying he couldn’t bend his swollen left elbow enough to put his hand on his shoulder.
“I didn’t really have any range of motion, so I was a little nervous. Never having any arm injuries or anything like that, I didn’t know what to do.
“I wasn’t going to say anything, but my wife was going to call herself if I didn’t say something. She made me go in there and tell them. I didn’t know what was going to come back, what was going to happen. It was definitely tough.”
Fortunately for Sabathia and the Yankees, there was no structural damage, just inflammation. Sabathia has already missed 18 games with a strained left groin.