TORONTO — LHP CC Sabathia went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with inflammation and pain in his left elbow, the Yankees ace's second trip to the DL this season.
Neither a corresponding roster move nor a starter for Monday's game against the Rangers was announced. The move is retroactive to Thursday.
The Yankees agreed to a contract with free agent RHP Derek Lowe and plan to finalize the deal and activate him Monday. Lowe, cut Friday by the Indians, likely will pitch in relief. RHP David Phelps is a candidate to take Sabathia's rotation spot.
Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, felt stiff two days after his Aug. 3 start against the Mariners, but an MRI exam showed nothing. Sabathia felt stiff again after pitching Wednesday at Detroit. He threw on flat ground Friday rather than throwing his regular bullpen session and felt mild discomfort.
"It's not any worse than it was after the first start, but our concern is it didn't go away," Girardi said.
"As far as the concern, it's pretty low level, because it's not like it got any worse. He wants to pitch on Monday, which I'm not surprised (at) because he said he dealt with it before. We just decided, let's try to get it cleaned up now."
BOSOX ROOKIE OUT: Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist a day after being hit by a pitch and is out for the season. INF Danny Valencia was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Middlebrooks, 23, hit .288 with a .325 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage in 75 games. In other Red Sox news, DH David Ortiz, out since July 16 with a strained right Achilles tendon, is progressing slowly and is unlikely to be activated today as hoped.
VOTTO SETBACK: Reds 1B Joey Votto returned to Cincinnati to have cartilage removed from his surgically repaired left knee. Manager Dusty Baker said Votto felt soreness in his knee after participating in a sliding drill. The 2010 NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage on July 17.
ATHLETICS: RHP Ryan Cook was removed from the closer's role, at least temporarily, by manager Bob Melvin. The rookie has converted just two of his past six save opportunities.
D'BACKS: RHP Josh Collmenter went on the 15-day disabled list because of ulcers.
INDIANS: RHP Roberto Hernandez, the former Fausto Carmona who was arrested in January on false identity charges in his native Dominican Republic, is set to make his season debut Wednesday against the Angels.
PADRES: Closer Huston Street went on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain.
RANGERS: C Mike Napoli went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad muscle. C Luis Martinez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock.
TWINS: 3B Trevor Plouffe, out since jamming his right thumb on a swing on July 20, was cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment and could be activated Monday.
WHITE SOX: The contract of OF Dewayne Wise was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte, and LHP John Danks was moved to the 60-day disabled list.