Sabathia (9-3, 3.45 ERA, 107 strikeouts) did not tell the team until after his bullpen session on Tuesday. The lefthander will miss two starts and will return for the All-Star break. Freddy Garcia will be sprung from the bullpen and replace CC. Garcia start this Friday against the Chicago White Sox.
"He didn't want to go on [the DL] but he understands it's the best thing to do,"said manager Joe Girardi. "Missing two starts is better than seven or eight."
D.J. Mitchell is the likely candidate to be called up, but general manager Brian Cashman said that is not definite.