Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who improved to 3-1 on the year Wednesday with a win over Arizona, has finally come to the reality that he may not be able to throw with the same velocity that he used to, the New York Daily News reported following his outing.
Sabathia gave up three runs over eight innings Wednesday but didn’t top 90 miles per hour once with his fastball.
“I’m hoping some more velocity comes back,” he said. “If not, we’ll work with this.”
Sabathia said he’s not surprised after 13 years in the big leagues, though he’s also not yet ready to just give up.
“It’s reality. You never know. I’ve never been through anything like this, so I don’t know. I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I’ve been pitching for a long time. Eventually, it was gong to happen,” he said.
The good news for Sabathia is that the 32-year-old has won three consecutive starts with a 2.57 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 28 innings. The velocity drop doesn’t seem to be bothering him too much.