Winter Haven, FL (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher C.C. Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list Friday, a move that was expected after the lefthander suffered a strained right oblique muscle prior to his first spring training start.
The 24-year-old Sabathia, who has never before been on the DL, went 11-10 with a 4.12 earned run average for the Indians last season. He is 54-35 with 600 strikeouts in four seasons with Cleveland.
Sabathia, a two-time All-Star, must spend at least the first six days of the regular season on the disabled list. He had been penciled in as Cleveland's Opening Day starter.
The Indians reduced their spring training roster by eight players Friday, optioning pitcher Kazuhito Tadano to Triple-A Buffalo and re-assigning seven players to minor league camp.