NEW YORK — CC Sabathia is unsure if Tuesday will be the final time he pitches in pinstripes, but he knows it won't be the last outing of his career.
"I definitely want to play next year," Sabathia said Monday night before New York's biggest loss in the postseason.
Which team Sabathia plays for will be a topic for the off-season, but now the focus is on his start Tuesday night, when he will be tasked with trying to save the Yankees' season in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the rival Boston Red Sox.
Sabathia will be making the 23rd postseason start of his career, and his first since taking the loss in Game 7 of last year's AL Championship Series.
"We feel like CC physically is in a good place right now coming off a really good start at the end of the year," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "His knee is in a good place and feel like he's been pretty good when we've been able to give him that rest.
"We feel good about giving him the ball."
Sabathia has said multiple times this season that he has no plans to hang up the cleats, but it carries some extra weight now that he's completed his 18th regular season. The 38-year-old left-hander went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts.
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