Pirates' Snell on DL with Strained Right Elbow

June 26, 2008 1:04:04 PM PDT
Pirates right-hander Ian Snell was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a muscle strain in his right elbow. The move cleared a roster spot for right-handed reliever Denny Bautista, acquired Wednesday from the Detroit Tigers. Bautista was expected to be available for Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees.

Snell complained of a sore elbow after lasting four innings during an 8-5 loss to Toronto on Sunday. Tests on Monday showed no ligament damage, and he was expected to miss only one start.

Snell, the Pirates' opening-day starter, has won once in 13 starts since April 12.

With Snell and left-hander Phil Dumatrait (left shoulder bursitis) on the disabled list, right-handers Jimmy Barthmaier and John Van Benschoten will be brought up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start against Tampa Bay.

Barthmaier will pitch Friday and Van Benschoten, 0-2 with the Pirates earlier this season, will start Saturday.