CC incident incidental to rotation change

Bryan Mitchell starting Monday night instead of CC Sabathia had nothing to do with the lefthander getting into a shouting match on the streets of Toronto during the Yankees’ recent series there. A videotape of the incident made the Internet rounds Monday, but Sabathia was not involved in the brawl that ensued soon after the pitcher was shoved into a taxicab by a cousin and left the scene.

“I think I was definitely lucky the other night that I had friends to push me in the cab, that cared enough to get me out of that situation,” Sabathia told reporters before Monday night’s game. “It was a bad decision on my part.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the decision to start Mitchell and push back everyone in the rotation one day was made after Sunday’s game and had nothing to do with Sabathia’s exchange of harsh words with hecklers in Toronto. Girardi told Mitchell of the change on the charter flight back to New York. Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed this Monday night when he said his club was notified of the change late Sunday night.

Girardi told reporters before Monday night’s game that he was not even aware of the Sabathia incident until Monday afternoon. The skipper also said that players have to be more careful now than ever before because with the preponderance of cell phones today there is really no such thing as privacy anymore.

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