The New York Yankees will place David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list with tendonitis in the right elbow. Matt Daley will be recalled to the Yankees for their game on Monday night against the Detroit Tigers, as Sweeny Murti of WFAN reported.
David Phelps placed on DL with tendinitis. MRI showed nothing new, just inflammation. Matt Daley recalled. Friday starter TBA.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014
Phelps was scheduled to start again on Saturday, but the Yankees don't have a started listed to take his place in the rotation yet. Michael Pineda is not expected to be recalled for that start, as Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reported.
Girardi unsure who will take Phelps' rotation spot...Will discuss options. Pineda doesn't seem to be in the mix not stretched out enough— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) August 4, 2014
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On Sunday night, it was by far one of the worst starts that David Phelps had in quite a while, especially after becoming such a steady force for the team over the last month.
In just two innings and 53 pitches, Phelps allowed five runs on six hits, walked two and didn't have a strikeout and was taken out of the game before the third innings started and most thought it was because he was terrible on the mound, but it wasn't the case. Phelps left the game on Sunday night due to inflammation in his right elbow, as Sweeny Murti of WFAN reported.
David Phelps didn't leave the game simply because of his performance. Right elbow inflammation. Will be reevaluated this week in NY.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014
If Phelps needs to go on the disabled list, that would be the fifth starting pitcher to land on the disabled list this season. CC Sabathia is out for the season after needing knee surgery as is Ivan Nova after needing Tommy John Surgery. Masahiro Tanaka is out with an elbow injury but might get cleared to play catch as soon as Monday and Michael Pineda is making rehab starts after suffering a back injury several months ago.
Phelps injury would make an already very thin rotation with no set ace involved in it an anorexic one and a team that could be looking to acquire a pitcher this month in the waiver wire trade deadline, which is August 31. If Phelps needs to go on the DL, Bryan Mitchell is a candidate to be called up from Class-AAA Scranton in the meantime while the Yankees scramble for answers and look for alternates that can help their depleted pitching rotation.
Phelps was 5-5 with a 4.24 ERA on the season and possibly headed for a sixth loss if not for a Yankees comeback that saw them win 8-7 over the Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
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