CC Sabathia Says He'll Be Available as Reliever Friday in Game 6
Like Oswalt, he has made himself available in relief.
After Thursday's workout at Rangers Ballpark, the Yankees ace said he will be in the bullpen for Game 6. The Yankees trail the Rangers three games to two.
"I can probably throw 45 pitches (or) 50 tomorrow," Sabathia said.
Other than two All-Star Games, Sabathia has never pitched in relief as a professional: minors, majors or postseason.
"Let's see how he feels tomorrow," manager Joe Girardi said, "but our plan is that he will be available for us."
Sabathia has made two starts in the series, including winning Wednesday's Game 5. He has pitched 10 innings and thrown 205 pitches, including 112 in six innings Wednesday.
The last pitcher to make two starts and a relief appearance in a best-of-seven series was Pedro Martinez for Boston in the 2004 ALCS. He started Games 2 and 5 and pitched the seventh inning (allowing two runs) in Game 7 as the Red Sox finished their unmatched comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees.
Oswalt, the Phillies right-hander, on Wednesday threw a pregame side session and then entered Game 4 of the NL Championship Series in relief in the ninth inning, taking the loss.