Many times a drop in a pitcher's fastball velocity can be indicative of an injury. Or it can be part of the normal aging process. Pitcher just can't continue throwing as hard as they used to as they get older. So what's the reason for C.C. Sabathia's drop in velocity?
No one knows for sure, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says Sabathia is not concerned. He says the Yankees' ace is not paying attention to the radar gun right now.
“I’m sure that the velocity will keep coming back and the arm strength will keep building up the more I throw. Health-wise, I feel fine, elbow, shoulder and everything. It's just time I guess to build the arm strength back up."
Sabathia says he can work with the 88-92 mph he sitting at right now. Of course, he'd like to throw harder, but he seems comfortable with what he can do and the velocity he still has. Sabathia has battled injuries off and on throughout his career, so there is a natural concern when something doesn't seem right. In this case, though, his velocity drop may simply be from pitching so long in the league.
Sabathia went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA last season in 28 starts. He started Opening Day yesterday, but he got knocked around. The Red Sox scored four runs off Sabathia in five innings of work. He allowed eight hits and walked four.
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