Wang has lowest ERA among Yankees starters
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees put pitcher Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with inflammation in his right shoulder and scratched him from Friday's scheduled start against the Red Sox.
The team also purchased the contract of right-hander Tim Redding from Triple-A Columbus, and he will start Friday instead. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Eric Crozier for assignment.
Randy Johnson will pitch Saturday as planned; Sunday's starter will be determined by how the bullpen is used during the first two games against Boston, manager Joe Torre said.
"It could be one of the guys on the staff already," Torre said before Thursday night's series opener. "[Darrell] May is a possibility. Somebody from the minor leagues could be a possibility."
Three injured starters -- Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown and Jaret Wright -- worked out Thursday at the club's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. Torre called a brief team meeting to let the Yankees know about Wang's injury after several players began asking about it.
Wang is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts. The rookie was scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Monday.
"It was totally a surprise," Torre said. "Stuff you can't control, you can't get all caught up in. I really don't get bothered about it, other than to feel bad for the kid."
Pavano (sore shoulder) threw 48 pitches during a 10-minute bullpen session Thursday. His last outing was June 27 in Baltimore and he is a couple of weeks from returning, Torre said.
Brown (back) made 50 throws on flat ground. Brown, who hasn't pitched in a game since June 15, said he "feels good" and expects to have his third bullpen session this week on Friday. Torre said Brown could be back next week, no sooner than Monday.
Wright (right shoulder) reported no problems after his fourth mound session in 10 days. He threw for 18 minutes and said he will work off the mound again Saturday. Wright, sidelined since April 24, might be ready to pitch in the majors next month.
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