Girardi Expresses Concern Young Right-Hander May Need Tommy John Surgery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees have put right-hander Chase Whitley on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow and recalled right-hander Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees announced the move before opening a three-game set Friday night in Kansas City.

Whitley left in the second inning of Thursday night’s loss to Tampa Bay with right elbow pain that had been bothering him for a while. He underwent an MRI exam and other tests on Friday and manager Joe Girardi expressed concern that he may need Tommy John surgery.

Chris Capuano, who is coming back from a quadriceps injury, is expected to take Whitley’s spot in the rotation. The veteran left-hander pitched six innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night, and, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, will make the start Sunday in Kansas City.

Nathan Eovaldi will be pushed back to Tuesday in Washington, Murti reported.

Whitley is 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts this season.

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