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C.C. Sabathia heads to the disabled list

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The New York Yankees placed left-handed pitcher C.C. Sabathia on the disabled list on Sunday morning with swelling in his right knee. An MRI revealed fluid in the pitcher’s right knee, but no structural damage. Sabathia will need to get the knee drained before he can return to action.

Manager Joe Girardi indicated that he was hopeful that Sabathia would miss the minimum 15 days. The All-Star left-hander is expected to speak on the injury with reporters after Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, though it was revealed that he had felt discomfort in previous starts, but felt no reason to mention the problem until it swelled up after Saturday’s start.

While Sabathia is out, Girardi indicated that veteran long reliever Alfredo Aceves is the “likeliest option” to fill Sabathia’s turn in the rotation, which was next scheduled for Thursday against the New York Mets. However, it is worth noting that Chase Whitley was scratched from his start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, fueling speculation that he could be added to the roster in the near future.

Matt Daley, who gave up six runs over 1 1/3 innings in his only appearance for the Yankees this season, has been promoted from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for now. He is expected to join the team in time for Sunday’s game, but could be sent down to make room for Whitley later in the week.

Sabathia has had a rough season so far as he learns to pitch with diminished velocity. Through eight starts, he owns a 3-4 record with a 5.28 ERA. Worse yet, Sabathia leads the Majors with 10 home runs allowed.

In other injury news, Girardi revealed that right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda has begun throwing from about sixty feet. Despite making progress, Girardi conceded that Pineda is at least four weeks away from returning to the Bronx.

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