Yanks' injuries open door for Wright

Yanks' injuries open door for Wright

With two starters on the disabled list, the Yankees' unstable starting rotation is giving cause for concern, but it's also giving left-hander Chase Wright a big-league opportunity.

Wright will be called up from Double-A Trenton to assume Carl Pavano's starting slot against Cleveland's Jake Westbrook in Tuesday's series opener at Yankee Stadium.

"You're pretty much bringing in the person who's doing the best at the time," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We just decided that we saw enough of him to feel good about what he brings to the table."

The Yankees followed Wright's progress during Spring Training.

"He impressed us in the spring," Torre said. "He did a nice job for us, and he's got a mixture of stuff, with his fastball and changeup. He just seems like he has a pretty good presence about him."

Pavano was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a strained right forearm, which, coupled with a sore elbow, forced Pavano to miss his last scheduled start, on Saturday against Oakland.

"I'm not a doctor, but I know my body pretty well," Pavano said. "I'm just going to have to get on top of this and do what it takes to get back out there."

Pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Chase Wright (Major League debut)
Wright will make his Major League debut on Tuesday mostly because the Yankees are in need of starters, but also because the left-hander has been posting some impressive stats in Double-A. In his two starts at Trenton, Wright went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, one walk and 19 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.

CLE: RHP Jake Westbrook (0-1, 7.36)
Westbrook is off to a shaky start. The right-hander walked seven and allowed 12 hits over 11 innings in his first two starts. On Wednesday night against the Angels, he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, walking four and striking out four over six innings.

Player to watch
Derek Jeter is 7-for-19 lifetime off Westbrook. Jeter made three errors in the Yankees' weekend series in Oakland, so look for the Gold Glover to make amends on Tuesday.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• MY9

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Spanish)

Up next
• Wednesday: Indians (LHP Jeremy Sowers, 0-0, 2.08) at Yankees (LHP Kei Igawa, 0-0, 7.84), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Indians (RHP Fausto Carmona, 0-1, 12.46) at Yankees (RHP Darrell Rasner, 0-1 4.66), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (TBD) at Red Sox (TBD), 7:05 p.m. ET

Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.