Sabathia didn't make a Minor League rehabilitation start before coming off the DL, and instead threw a simulated game while with the team in Chicago. He felt fine after it, so manager Joe Girardi considered Sabathia ready to jump back into his rotation slot.
Girardi said he has no second thoughts on forgoing the rehab start.
"We felt that he was ready to go," Girardi said. "I didn't have a problem with his stuff [Tuesday], I just felt like maybe he started to overthrow a little bit."
The bright spot for the 36-year-old southpaw was that he was back on the mound, and he walked away from the start healthy.
"It was exciting to get back out there," Sabathia said. "I wish I would've had better results, but it felt good just to get back out there and get that under my feet.
"It's frustrating. Obviously, I want to pitch better, but I feel good. I'll be ready next time."
Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.