C.C. Sabathia was both dominant and horrible in the 2012 postseason. Such is the case when a team must battle through adversity and keep their intensity level at its highest point for a month. The New York Yankees were swept out of the American League Championship Series two days ago by the Detroit Tigers. This was with Sabathia on the hill. Sabathia struggled, and the Yankees lost. Now, the team wants to make sure his elbow is alright.
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Yankees will make sure Sabathia has his pitching elbow looked at. When general manager Brian Cashman was asked about Sabathia's elbow, he made it clear that was on the Yankees' list of priorities.
"Let's put it this way, we're going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it," Cashman said. "That will be on the list of things we have to look at now that the offseason's here. Whether he wants to or not, we're going to go look into this thing and make sure everything's OK."
Sabathia pitched in three games during the 2012 postseason. He threw a total of 21 1/3 innings while giving up nine runs. Interestingly, his postseason ERA matched his regular season ERA at 3.38 exactly. But it wasn't good enough. In Game Four of the ALCS, Sabathia was shelled for six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
New York has Sabathia under contract for five more years, so it makes sense that they want to protect their investment. He landed on the disabled list earlier in the season because of issues in his left elbow. It's no wonder the team has concerns about their ace's elbow. There is no date for Sabathia to get the elbow checked out, and the extent of the examination is not yet known.
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