CC Sabathia On WFAN: Rotation Can Help Guide Beat-Up Yanks Through Rough Patch

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
April 23, 2019 - 3:58 pm
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By WFAN.com

In his 19 years in Major League Baseball, CC Sabathia has never seen an onslaught of injuries like the one that has hit the Yankees this season.

"It's been crazy, man," he told WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show on Tuesday. "But it's part of the game. It is what it is. You try to keep rolling. Guys have been stepping in, filling in and doing a nice job. But yeah, it's been a tough one."

The Yankees currently have 13 players on the injured list, including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances.

Judge is the latest Yankee to go down after straining his oblique Saturday. Sabathia said there haven't been any meetings aimed at rallying the club, just players going to work.

"No meetings. No nothing," he said. "I mean, this is next man up. This is baseball. Nobody's going to cry for us or feel sorry for us or anything like that. It's up to us as a team to step up and fill in."

When asked if, as the elder statesman on the team, he felt inclined to say anything to the team, the 38-year-old Sabathia said no.

"There's nothing to say but to go out and play the next game," he said. "We have about 120-something games left. So there's nothing to say but to go out and get them tomorrow."

Since returning from a suspension and his own stint on the IL, Sabathia has been stellar, pitching 10 scoreless innings in two outings. He said the Yankees' rotation, which also includes Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Domingo German right now, can help lead the way while the lineup heals.

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"It's up to us to just go out and kind of set the tone every night and try to pitch a good game and put as less pressure as possible on the offense to try to score," he said.

The bullpen, thought to be the team's biggest strength entering the season, has surprisingly struggled recently. But Sabathia said he's still confident the Yankees' relievers can get the job done.

"It's just early," he said. "Guys are just trying to find themselves. But our bullpen is one of the best in the league, and we're going to be dependent on them a lot. And those guys can deliver. But it's just been tough so far early this year, but it's only April. We've got a long way to go and a lot of baseball to go."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.

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