DETROIT (AP) -The New York Yankees put left-handed reliever Ron Villone on the disabled list Friday and recalled right-hander Brian Bruney from Triple-A Scranton.
Villone injured his lower back covering first base Tuesday night at Anaheim.
``Talking to Joe (Torre) yesterday, I told him 'It's not good,''' Villone said. ``I've got to do something, I guess rest a little bit. I'm hoping it will just take the 15 days.
``I don't think it's anything major, but maybe a strain that leads to a spasm.''
Villone has a 4.42 ERA in 31 games, striking out 25 and walking 15 over 36 2-3 innings. He pitched in a career-high 70 games last season for the Yankees.
Bruney was 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 50 games. He struggled in July, allowing nine of his 18 total earned runs this season over 10 appearances.
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