Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia heading to DL

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New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia is heading to the disabled list with right knee inflammation.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Sabathia was sent for an MRI following his start Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to MLB.com.  Sabathia went 5 1/3 innings and finished with a no-decision against the Brewers in a 5-4 loss.

The MRI showed no structural damage and Sabathia will see team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York on Monday.

“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 Yankees called up right-handed pitcher Matt Daley from Triple-A to take Sabathia’s spot on the roster.  Daley is expected to join the team in Milwaukee for 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 two weeks.”

Sabathia has made eight starts on the season, posting a 3-4 record with a 5.28 ERA.  Alfredo Aceves is expected to start in Sabathia’s place while he’s on the DL.

“He’s the most built up,” Girardi said.  “If we had to do it internally, that’s what makes the sense.”

In two relief appearances, Aceves has allowed one earned run in 7 1/3 innings pitched.

Sabathia is the third Yankees starter to head to the disabled list.  Ivan Nova is expected to miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.  Michael Pineda is also on the DL and isn’t expected to return until June.

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