ARLINGTON, Texas -- CC Sabathia and C.J. Wilson faced off in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series, and again in Game 5.
How about one more time, down the stretch in Game 6?
Sabathia said today that he will be available for the Yankees out of the bullpen on Friday night, and that he thinks he could throw as many as 45-50 pitches. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he wanted to check with pitching coach Mike Maddux, but he thought Wilson could also be available in relief.
"For an inning," Washington said. "I wouldn't go more than one inning."
Sabathia (112 pitches) and Wilson (93 pitches) started Game 5 on Wednesday, so Friday would be a normal "throw day" in the bullpen. Sabathia said he would hold off on throwing his normal bullpen session, so that he could be available if needed in the game.
Sabathia has never pitched in relief as a professional, either in the regular season or the postseason. Wilson was a full-time reliever for the last four seasons, before moving into the rotation this year.