The Yankees put RHP Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with inflammation in his right shoulder and scratched him from tonight's scheduled start against the Red Sox.
The team also purchased the contract of RHP Tim Redding from Class AAA Columbus, and he will start tonight instead. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated IF Eric Crozier for assignment.
Randy Johnson will pitch tomorrow as planned; Sunday's starter will be determined by how the bullpen is used during the first two games against Boston, Manager Joe Torre said.
"It could be one of the guys on the staff already," Torre said before last night's series opener. "[Darrell] May is a possibility. Somebody from the minor leagues could be a possibility."
Three injured starters -- Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown and Jaret Wright -- worked out yesterday at the club's spring training complex in Tampa. Torre called a brief team meeting to let the Yankees know about Wang's injury after several players began asking about it.
Wang is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts. The rookie was scheduled to be examined by orthopedist James Andrews in Alabama on Monday.
"It was totally a surprise," Torre said. "Stuff you can't control, you can't get all caught up in. I really don't get bothered about it, other than to feel bad for the kid."
May and Redding were acquired from the San Diego Padres on July 2 for reliever Paul Quantrill. Redding pitched in nine games for the Padres, going 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA.
Pavano (sore shoulder) is a couple of weeks from returning, Torre said.
Brown (back) could be back next week, no sooner than Monday, the manager said.
Wright (right shoulder) reported no problems after his mound session.
Meantime, the Yankees hired former Red Sox manager and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan to be a consultant to GM Brian Cashman, doing advance scouting in-house.
* FINLEY RETURNS: OF Steve Finley was activated from the disabled list by the Angels before last night's game. The 40-year-old Finley, in his first season with the Angels, missed 18 games with a strained right shoulder. It was his first stint on the DL since 1997.
* KOSKIE CLOSER: Blue Jays 3B Corey Koskie will likely go on a rehabilitation assignment this weekend after missing nearly two months with a broken right thumb and ligament damage.
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