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Yankees put CC Sabathia on 10-day DL with hamstring strain

CC Sabathia went on the 10-day disabled list Thursday after the New York Yankees starter was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain that could sideline him for at least four weeks.

The big left-hander suffered a Grade 2 strain while pushing off the rubber in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.

It could be a big loss for the Yankees, who were seeing the left-hander pitch like an ace again in his past six starts (0.99 ERA).

Grade 2 hamstring strains can take four to eight weeks to fully recover. Though normally associated with runners, they also can be a difficult challenge for pitchers, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said

"It can be an issue when it's a push-off leg,'' Girardi said. "That's the leg you're using to drive downhill and push off on.''

New York recalled right-hander Domingo German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Sabathia's roster spot and also brought up right-hander Luis Cessa from Triple-A. Cessa might start Saturday or Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.