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Yankees sign RHP Derek Lowe

08/11/2012 7:14 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees have signed veteran right-hander Derek Lowe who was released by Cleveland Friday.(AP)

It didn’t take the Yankees long to find a roster replacement for CC Sabathia.

As first reported by Newark Star-Ledger beat writer Marc Carig, the Yankees have signed 39-year-old right-hander Derek Lowe, who was released by Cleveland on Friday after being designated for assignment last week.

Lowe was 8-10 with a 5.58 ERA overall with Cleveland this year, but after starting the season 6-2, he was just 2-8 with an 8.80 ERA in 12 starts after May 26. According to multiple reports, he will pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and David Phelps will take Sabathia’s scheduled start against Texas at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Relief duty isn’t a foreign concept to the 39-year-old righty, as he has made 278 career appearances out of the bullpen and notched 85 career saves  -- 81 of which came while he served as Boston’s closer from 1999-2001.

A corresponding move on the 40-man roster has yet to be announced. However, according to Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog, the Yankees are expected to recall RHP Ryota Igarashi from Triple-A to immediately replace Sabathia on the active roster and serve as an extra bullpen arm for Sunday’s series finale in Toronto, with Lowe to join the team Monday in New York.

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