Yankees place David Phelps on disabled list
In news that's become quite common this season, another Yankees starting pitcher has landed on the disabled list.
On Monday it was David Phelps' turn. An MRI of his elbow showed inflammation, and manager Joe Girardi said the righthander will not touch a baseball for two weeks.
Phelps is the fifth starting pitcher the Yankees have had to replace because of injury. Two of them, CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, are out for the season.
Although Phelps said he is encouraged to learn there is no ligament damage, he described the trip to the disabled list as "devastating" because he had been pitching well before Sunday night. "This is one of the best stretches in my career," he said.
Phelps could miss three or four weeks because he'll need time to build up his arm after he starts throwing again. The Yankees recalled righthander Matt Daley (Garden City) from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mark Teixeira was a late scratch after feeling lightheaded about an hour before the game.
"I was getting ready for the game normal, the way I usually get ready for the game, and all of a sudden I started getting really dizzy, really nauseous," he said. "The room started spinning and I went into the trainer's room and said something's not right."
Teixeira said he was given an IV and told he might be dehydrated. He said he started feeling better by the end of the game and hopes to play Tuesday night.
Opening for Pineda?
Without Phelps, the Yankees have an opening for a starting pitcher on Friday, the same day rehabbing righthander Michael Pineda is slated to throw again.
But Girardi said Pineda is not being considered. Not yet, at least. "I don't think he's built up enough," he said. "But we'll see what we need this week."
Pineda, who has been on the disabled list since May 6, threw 58 pitches in his first rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Scranton and said everything felt good Monday. He's slated to throw 75 pitches Friday night, and the Yankees would like to see him reach 90 in the minors before they activate him.
Girardi said the Yankees likely will use someone already on the roster to take Phelps' spot, with Chase Whitley or Esmil Rogers the leading candidates.
Gardner player of week
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