CC Sabathia pumped his fastball up to 94 for the first time all season in beating the Red Sox on Friday. Sabathia was his classic self with the added velocity being attributed in part to the hot night.
But maybe Sabathia's elbow is just starting to feel exactly right from the bone spurs he had removed in the winter.
It is not considered a very big procedure, but it is still cleaning out an elbow. Joe Girardi, for one, thinks this theory might have some credence.
"Even though he feels great, it is not a normal offseason because it is a season in where you are rehabbing your elbow," Girardi said. "Maybe you are not able to do everything that you normally would. Maybe it does take longer. I hope so."
Girardi noted that Sabathia has reported any soreness. Even so, Girardi thinks that might account for the 94-MPH heater finally showing up at the end of May instead of the beginning of it.
Sabathia will be facing the team that drafted him in the first round (No. 20) 15 years ago. He was 106-71 with a 3.83 ERA for the Indians from 2001-to-2008. Since 1960, only Chrarles Nagy (129) and Samm McDowell (122) won more games for Cleveland. For the Yankees, Sabathia is 79-33 with a 3.26 ERA in four-plus seasons.
ON DECK: Mike Mazzeo and I will have you covered for today's 1:05 p.m. start. Sabathia (5-4, 3.71) will be opposed by Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.36)
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is CC back?