ARLINGTON, Texas — The Yankees put RHP Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. The club said Chamberlain will rest for about a week before beginning a throwing program.
Manager Joe Girardi said he had no specifics to report regarding Chamberlain's examination by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Alabama. Chamberlain was sent to see Andrews after having an MRI exam on his shoulder Tuesday.
ESPN the Magazine's Buster Olney reported that Andrews told the Yankees he doesn't believe the injury to be a long-term problem.
Chamberlain, 22, was removed from Monday night's start against Texas in the fifth inning with shoulder stiffness.
The rookie was moved from the bullpen to the rotation this season. He is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.
His injury is the latest blow to New York's depleted pitching staff. The team is already without No. 1 starter Chien-Ming Wang and RHP Phil Hughes.
RHP Ian Kennedy is expected to be called up from the minors to start Friday, when the Yankees continue their 10-game trip at the Angels. RHP Dan Giese is set to start Saturday.
"You lose your No. 1, and you lose another guy that's been throwing the ball well for you in Chamberlain, it's things you have to deal with," Girardi said.
Later, Yankees C Ivan Rodriguez left the game against the Rangers after bruising his right knee during a collision at home plate to end the second inning.
A win for Hampton
SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Hampton asked himself many a time in recent years: "Am I being told something? Is it time to go, to pack it up?"
Not just yet.
The former Crystal River standout earned his first victory in nearly three years and hit an RBI double late Tuesday, leading the Braves past the Giants 11-4.
Hampton, 35, hadn't won since Aug. 14, 2005, for the Braves against Arizona, 1,087 days earlier.
"There's always been some doubt with all the things I've been through, all the health issues," the left-hander said. "I just kept pushing to get to this point I'm at today. One thing I've learned through this whole process is don't take anything for granted: cherish every single one of them."
It was his third start of 2008 after he returned July 26 following a nearly three-year absence in which the two-time All-Star had two major surgeries on his left elbow. This season, he was sidelined by a strained chest muscle and an injured groin.
OBITUARY: Karl Kuehl, a scout, coach, author and player development specialist known for his contributions to the Athletics teams that won three pennants, died of pulmonary fibrosis in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 70.
CARDINALS: With RHP Jason Isringhausen struggling, manager Tony La Russa said he'd rotate closers for now. RHP Chris Perez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis for his second stint with the team.
GIANTS: RH reliever Keiichi Yabu was activated from the 15-day disabled list and RHP Billy Sadler was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
INDIANS: C Victor Martinez threw to the bases for the first time since being sidelined by an injured right elbow in mid June. He could start a minor-league rehab assignment next week.
RANGERS: LHP Eddie Guardado, still getting hitters out at age 37, was named closer, taking over for LHP C.J. Wilson, who went on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his left elbow.
RED SOX: 1B Kevin Youkilis was hit in the wrist by a pitch in the first against the Royals and left after getting doubled off first. He was replaced by Sean Casey.
ROCKIES: RHP Livan Hernandez was claimed off waivers from the Twins. Hernandez, 33, had a 5.48 ERA in 23 starts with Minnesota.