The New York Yankees have added some depth to its pitching rotation Saturday. The club announced that they have signed right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe, a few days after Lowe was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians. Lowe will be taking the place of CC Sabathia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow stiffness.
In 21 starts with the Indians this season, Lowe 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. Lowe has recorded an 8.80 ERA ERA in his last 12 starts. He has also struck out 41 batters in 119 innings. The Yankees are hoping that the 39-year-old can muster up some of his prowess that he had with the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves.
He will be joining a Yankee rotation that is beat up. Sabathia joined Michael Pineda and Andy Pettitte on the DL. Pettitte has seen minimal innings this season while Pineda has been shut down since April 4 and will not make a start this season.
Hiroki Kuroda has been carrying most of the load in the rotation. In 23 starts this year for the Yankees, Kuroda has recorded a 3.24 ERA and has gotten 10 wins to show for. Kuroda has been a nice surprise for the Yankees after their recent stroke of bad luck with Japanese pitching.
Lowe will join the team Monday when the Yankees return home to host the Texas Rangers.
Sunday, the Yankees are expected to call up Ryota Igarashi from Triple-A Empire State to face the Toronto Blue Jays and J.A. Happ.
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