CC sent to 15-day Disabled List with Sore Elbow
Per NJ.com, Sabathia has been complaining of stifness in his elbow since August 3rd against Seattle. But an MRI showed no damage and the pain subsided. However, it stiffened up again vs Detroit. Now it makes sense why Girardi had a quick hook with CC. Girardi claims the team is being extra careful with their ace and if it was October he would probably make his Monday start. That is a good sign at least but anytime your horse has an elbow injury it has to scare the crap out of you. CC has been so durable throughout his career, but the Yankees have to be concerned and take the conservative approach with a 6 game lead.
Phelps to start Monday / Derek Lowe Signed
David Phelps will start on Monday in CC’s place. Phelps has been dominating the last 6 weeks with a 0.60 ERA over his last 8 games. In 15 innings, he’s allowed just 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 22. He’s made 3 starts on the year, with a 2.08 combined ERA and 16 Ks over 13 ip. He’ll likely be limited to 3-5 innings since he isn’t stretched out.
To back Phelps up and provide depth, the team has signed veteran Derek Lowe. Lowe was cut by Cleveland after a disastorous season. He’s gone 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA and has allowed a whopping 201 baserunners in 119 ip. Lowe will be in the pen on Monday to back-up Phelps. Ryota Igarishi will take CC’s roster spot tomorrow in Toronto.