By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
After a very important win against the rival Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, the New York Yankees did suffer a casualty in that game with starter David Phelps being forced to leave early with an elbow problem.
On Monday, Phelps was put on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right elbow. Phelps is the fifth Yankees starter to hit the DL this season, as he was one of the first replacements when the injury bug hit the Yankees rotation this season. It is expected for Phelps to miss at least 3-4 weeks, so a possible September return seems like a good target date if all goes well for him.
To replace Phelps on the roster, the Yankees recalled right-handed pitcher Matt Daley, but Joe Girardi is unsure on who will replace Phelps in the rotation. It is poor timing for the Yankees and Phelps, who was having a very nice season filling in as a starter with a (5-5) record, and before the start against the Red Sox an ERA under four.
Some good news for the Yankees rotation on Monday was that Masahiro Tanaka threw 25 tosses from 60ft and felt good doing it. Tanaka will throw again on Tuesday, but a September return still seems like the target for the Yankees ace.