Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 quadriceps strain and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
That means New York has an opening in the rotation after re-signing the 36-year-old veteran for $5 million to eat some back-of-the-rotation innings. Last season Capuano posted a 4.35 ERA in 97 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees, spending time in the rotation and the bullpen.
Adam Warren is one candidate to step into the rotation spot, although the Yankees may be tempted to keep him in the bullpen after last year’s success as a reliever.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.