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Yankees place Brown on disabled list

Posted: Monday April 4, 2005 1:56AM; Updated: Monday April 4, 2005 1:56AM
Kevin Brown
Hurting again: Kevin Brown is back on the DL for the eighth time in six seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Brown didn't make it to Opening Day.

The 40-year-old right-hander with the bad back went on the disabled list for the 12th time Sunday, two days after back pain forced him out of his last spring training start.

To fill his roster spot, the New York Yankees recalled infielder Andy Phillips from Triple-A Columbus.

Brown's back bothered him for most of last season, and he was largely ineffective in the second half, so much so that he broke his left hand punching a wall in frustration. He was 10-6 with a 4.09 ERA during the regular season and was the loser against Boston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

After treatment during the offseason, Brown said his back felt much better early in spring training. He began to feel pain two starts ago when he thought he slipped on the mound, Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Sunday's season opener against the Red Sox.

"I know it's frustrating for him because he had a good spring overall," Torre said. "It looked like we found something with him, and I still think we have. We just need to get back to where he was in the early part of spring training."

Because of off days, New York will not need a fifth starter until April 15 or 17, depending on whether Randy Johnson makes his second start next Friday or Saturday against Baltimore. Brown is eligible to be activated on the 17th and if he's not ready, New York probably would fill his spot in the rotation with Tanyon Sturtze.

On the DL for the eighth time in six seasons, Brown was in Georgia on Sunday, getting treatment. Torre expects him to be back in New York on Monday.

Phillips, 27, made his major league debut last season, appearing in five games and going 2-for-8 with a home run.

"I'm willing to play wherever they need me to help out," he said.

New York's rotation now has Carl Pavano making his Yankees' debut Tuesday against Matt Clement, who will be pitching for Boston for the first time. Wednesday's series finale has Mike Mussina starting for New York against Tim Wakefield.

"I'm not too concerned about earning my pinstripes other than doing my job," Pavano said.

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