TORONTO -- CC Sabathia, the ace of the Yankees' pitching staff, is off to the disabled list with stiffness in his pitching elbow.
Joe Girardi announced the move Saturday after the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, and several hours after Sabathia was spotted icing his elbow in the trainer's room at the Rogers Centre.
According to Girardi, Sabathia first felt the stiffness after pitching a complete game against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 3 at Yankee Stadium. A subsequent MRI came back clean, so Sabathia made his next start five days later in Detroit, but left after 6 1/3 innings and just 94 pitches.
Girardi said the stiffness resurfaced after that start, but the decision to disable Sabathia was not made until about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
"As far as our concern, it's pretty low," Girardi said. "It's not like it got any worse. He wants to pitch on Monday, which I'm not surprised, because he said he's dealt with it before. We just decided, let's try to get it cleaned up now."
Girardi said Sabathia would see a doctor on Monday after the Yankees return to New York, but no further tests were scheduled.
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