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Yankees place Sturtze on DL

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees placed struggling reliever
Tanyon Sturtze on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with soreness
in the front of his pitching shoulder.

The right-hander is expected to undergo tests to try and
determine what the problem is.
"Hopefully, we can get this thing fixed in 15 days -- once we
know what it is. We don't know what it is yet," manager Joe Torre
said.
Sturtze has a 7.59 ERA in 18 appearances this season. Scott
Proctor has supplanted him as Torre's go-to guy in the seventh
inning.
Sturtze pitched in the sixth inning of a 4-3 victory over
Oakland on Saturday, facing three batters and getting one out. He
gave up an RBI single to Jason Kendall and an RBI double to Mark
Ellis, though those runs were charged to starter Jaret Wright.
Torre said Sturtze is having trouble finishing his pitches
because of the discomfort in his shoulder.
"He's kept it to himself. He's trying to be a team guy," Torre
said. "He should know better, basically. If you're not going out
there with all your ammo, it's hard to give us what we need or what
you're capable of."
To replace Sturtze on the roster, the Yankees purchased the
contract of right-hander Scott Erickson from Triple-A Columbus.