Sabathia placed on disabled list
MILWAUKEE — The Yankees have placed left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Sabathia was sent for an MRI following his start against the Brewers on Saturday, in which Sabathia allowed three home runs in 5 1/3 innings and accepted a no-decision in New York’s 5-4 loss at Miller Park.
“He said in a few previous starts he’d felt it on one pitch, but it’s been something he’s been dealing with for a while so he hadn’t needed to say anything to us,” Girardi said. “But yesterday it got bad and it swelled up after the game.”
The MRI showed no structural damage, Girardi said. Sabathia is scheduled to see team physician Christopher Ahmad on Monday in New York, and a team spokesperson said that Sabathia would discuss his situation after Sunday’s game.
“We’re hoping it will only be 15 days,” Girardi said. “Because there’s no meniscal tears — I mean, that’s what our fear was because that’s what he’s had in the past — we’re hoping it will only be the two weeks. We just have to get it to calm down.”
The Yankees have recalled right-hander Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Sabathia’s spot on the active roster. Daley is expected to join the team in time for Sunday’s game.
Girardi said that it is possible that right-hander Alfredo Aceves will take Sabathia’s place in the rotation, though he was not ready to commit to that decision yet. Sabathia’s next start was slated to come on Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field.
“He’s the most built up,” Girardi said. “If we had to do it internally, that’s what makes the most sense.”
The Yankees have already lost right-hander Ivan Nova for the year to Tommy John surgery, and right-hander Michael Pineda is not expected to return until June because to an upper back strain. Vidal Nuno and David Phelps started the season in the bullpen and have been pressed into starting duty.
“Obviously it tests your depth, and it stretches you,” Girardi said. “The two guys that we brought in so far have done a pretty decent job. It’s going to be tested further now.”
It has been a rough season thus far for Sabathia, who has said that he is learning to pitch with diminished velocity as a result of heavy workloads earlier in his career. Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts and leads the Majors with 10 home runs allowed.