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CC Sabathia placed on disabled list because of elbow soreness

Aug 11, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Sabathia will be placed on the disabled list.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Carig that Sabathia initially felt stiffness in the elbow in his first start back from a groin injury on July 17, but an MRI came back clean. The stiffness went away, but he felt something in the elbow again after his last start on Tuesday.

The move is retroactive to Thursday, so he’ll be eligible to return on August 23. Girardi continues to say that his level of concern is “pretty low,” so it appears the Yankees are just playing things safe here. Still, it’s tough not to be concerned if you’re a Bombers fan.

1:03 PM: Here’s a potentially troubling development for the first-place Yankees.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, CC Sabathia could miss his next start after experiencing some minor soreness in his left elbow in recent days.

Sabathia threw his regular bullpen session on Friday, but he could be scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Rangers if symptoms persist.

“Right now, it’s a low-level concern,” the source said. “Long-term, it’s not a big concern.”

Sabathia gave up five runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Tigers and holds a 3.56 ERA through 20 starts this season. No pitcher has thrown more innings than Sabathia since the start of the 2003 season. Only Mark Buehrle has logged more innings since Sabathia made his major league debut in 2001. The Yankees are downplaying the situation right now, but you can bet they are hoping the miles on his arm aren’t catching up with him.

  1. buffalo65 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    More like the inches on his belly. Hear fielders knees ache too.

  2. muir6 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    This is not good

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I would scratch him from a start or two. Yankees probably will. Yanks have a history of being over cautious which is fine by me. 6 game lead in AL east lets you breathe a little.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Guess I was prophetic. 15 day DL means only 2 or 3 missed starts. Be curious to see what an MRI would show.

      • bigharold - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        He already had an MRI and it didn’t show anything. The Yankees seem to be leaning on their lead a bit here. Sabathia didn’t want to miss his start let alone go on the DL. They are just protecting their investment.

  4. garryfish - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    CC on 15 day DL

  5. randygnyc - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Amazing how the Yankees keep these things quiet. He’s had some elbow discomfort for 2 weeks. Had an MRI before Wednesday’s start. It came back clean. Felt more discomfort during the Detroit game. Yesterday’s bullpen was concerning. Will have another MRI on Monday.

  6. muir6 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Derek Lowe to the rescue ughh

    • bigharold - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      The RS wouldn’t even bite on that one.

      • bigharold - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        I no sooner post and the Yankees sign Lowe???

  7. rockthered1286 - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Precautionary I’d assume. Why push it when their chances of making post season are pretty good. O’s have an opportunity to keep climbing here but odds are by the time CC comes back they’ll be 2GB at best.

  8. sreske93 - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    It must be my fault for drafting him in my fantasy league…

  9. jayscarpa - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    “Right now, it’s a low-level concern,” the source said. “Long-term, it’s not a big concern”

    Yeah. Girardi, Cashman & company aren’t worried a bit.

  10. theboysofdallas - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Good thing they got Lowe, I have liked all of the Yankees quiet but good moves this year

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