He said, “It was just achy, it wasn't a sharp pain. It wasn't anything like that. I didn't feel it on any one pitch."
And he said he's "pretty sure" he'll make his next start, but the Yankees invested $161 million in him, and if he hurts, I'm worried.
Warming up prior to the second inning at Land Shark Stadium, Sabathia was visited by manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan after catcher Jorge Posada told them that Sabathia's pitches were lacking their usual velocity. He insisted he was fine.
Moments later, Sabathia threw a pitch up in the zone that Marlins outfielder Brett Carroll walloped into the left field corner for a double. Girardi had seen more than enough and accompanied by the trainer, he made his way to the mound.
After some arguing, Sabathia made the walk back to the Yankee's dugout on the third base side.
"I just felt like he wasn't able to finish his pitches," Girardi said. "That's why we took him out."
The Yankees said no test or anything would be needed, and said he was just achy.
Perhaps he's dealing with the flu, or maybe he's just sore, but if I were the Yankees, I'd watch him closely.