Sabathia Eyes Short Stint On DL

TORONTO — CC Sabathia already has set the date of his return.

“August 24,” he said. “That’s the day I’m pitching.”

The Yankees ace didn’t say “maybe,” or “hopefully” or “if all goes well.”

Sabathia said he is sure that whatever is ailing his $191 million left elbow will clear up within the next two weeks and will allow him to come off the disabled list Aug. 23, the soonest he is eligible to return.

“I feel like in a couple of days, I’ll be fine,” he said.

Sabathia acknowledged, however, that he was frightened by what he said was the first arm problem he ever had experienced in his 12 major-league seasons, especially when he woke up the day after his start against Seattle on Aug. 3 and couldn’t raise his left arm high enough to touch his shoulder with his hand.

Source: ESPN, Wallace Matthews