Bronx, NY - The New York Yankees have activated pitcher Sergio Mitre off the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Mitre had been sidelined since early June with a strained right oblique muscle. He has been slotted into the rotation spot vacated by veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is sidelined with a groin strain.
The 29-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.88 earned run average in 12 games this season. He will make his third start of the year on Saturday.
To open a roster spot, the Yankees optioned pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Albaladejo was recalled earlier this week when Pettitte went on the DL and allowed a run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings over two outings. He pitched a hitless inning Friday against the Royals.
The Yankees also said that outfielder Brett Gardner was hospitalized Saturday morning after suffering from an acid reflux problem. He was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Royals.
All-Star outfielder Nick Swisher was also out of the lineup for a second straight day because of an Achilles issue.