Yankees place Sturtze on DL

Updated: May 13, 2006, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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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.

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