CC Sabathia seems to be coming back at the right time for the New York Yankees.
The ace returns off the disabled list Friday night to face his former team as he tries to help the visiting Yankees hand the Cleveland Indians a ninth straight loss.
New York (72-52) finished a stretch of 20 games in as many days by being swept in three games in Chicago, losing 2-1 on Wednesday. The Yankees have seen second-place Tampa Bay creep closer in the AL East standings.
"I don't think I'm going to go jump off a bridge or anything like that," manager Joe Girardi said. "As I've said, it's baseball."
Sabathia (12-3, 3.56 ERA), out since Aug. 8 due to left elbow soreness, went through a 38-pitch session Tuesday and proclaimed himself ready to return after his second DL stint.
"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 told the Yankees' official website. "I have none of that, ...