Via Chad Jennings, CC Sabathia is going back on the 15-day disabled list after feeling soreness in his left elbow in his last few starts.
Apparently he first felt something after his start in Seattle and took an MRI that showed no structural damage, but the same soreness was there earlier this week against Detroit and was the likely cause for Joe removing him after just 94 pitches in the 7th inning.
Joe said the concern on the team's side was "pretty low-level" and this DL trip is more preventative than anything. But that's the same thing we heard when Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos first hit the DL in the Minors this season and neither of them made it back. Any time you're talking about soreness in a pitcher's pitching elbow, there has to be a bit more concern than the Yankees are letting on. They just can't seem to shake the injury bug this year.
Sabathia was scheduled to start on Monday, so the Yankees need to come up with a replacement plan quickly. As of right now, no starter has been named for that game in his place.
** UPDATE- 5:42PM- Via Marc Carig, David Phelps will start in CC's spot on Monday, with the newly-signed Derek Lowe backing him up out of the bullpen. Smart move. **
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