Yankees RHP Chamberlain on DL with stiff elbow

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NEW YORK (AP) - Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a stiff elbow, leaving the New York Yankees short two setup men in the bullpen.

Rafael Soriano also is sidelined, with inflammation in his right elbow, and is not expected back until perhaps the All-Star break. David Robertson is likely to assume the eighth-inning role as Mariano Rivera’s primary setup man, and manager Joe Girardi said he’ll look to mix and match in the seventh.

In other news, first baseman Mark Teixeira was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday night’s series opener against Boston when he was hit on the right kneecap by a first-inning pitch from Jon Lester.

“It’s a lot better than I thought,” said Teixeira, who treated the bone bruise with plenty of ice. “I didn’t sleep great last night but I woke up this morning and as soon as I started moving around, I didn’t have any problems.”

Girardi said he received a text message about 10 a.m. from Teixeira saying he was healthy enough to play.

“I was really surprised,” the manager said.

Yankees catcher Russell Martin, however, was out because his back locked up the night before.

Francisco Cervelli was slated to catch and bat ninth. Girardi wasn’t sure when Martin will return.

Also, designated hitter Jorge Posada was not with the team because his son was having more surgery on his skull. Jorge Jr. has a condition called craniosynostosis, which causes problems with the growth pattern of the skull, and has had several operations throughout his childhood.

Posada is expected back Thursday. He replaced Teixeira on Tuesday night and showed signs of breaking out of his season-long slump, going 3 for 3 to raise his batting average to .195.

Alex Rodriguez was in the DH slot Wednesday night, with Eduardo Nunez penciled in to play third base. That left the Yankees with two healthy players on the bench: outfielders Andruw Jones and Chris Dickerson.

“We’ve had a number of things that have hit us in a short period of time,” Girardi said.

New York added two fresh arms to the bullpen, claiming right-hander Jeff Marquez off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and recalling righty Amauri Sanit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Right-hander Hector Noesi was optioned to Triple-A after throwing six solid innings in relief Tuesday night during a 6-4 loss. Noesi saved the bullpen following Freddy Garcia’s ineffective start, but won himself a ticket to the minors because the long outing made him unavailable to pitch for four days.

“You’ve got to make sure that you’re covered,” Girardi said. “He did everything that we could have asked of him.”

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