Yankees pitcher Colon put on disabled list

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees took another hit to their starting rotation when right-hander Bartolo Colon was put on the disabled list on Sunday after straining his left hamstring in Saturday's game.

Colon, a former American League Cy Young winner who signed with New York before the season, has been a surprisingly strong contributor to the Yankees after missing last season with an injury.

The 38-year-old Colon gave up two hits in 6-2/3 shutout innings Saturday to improve to 6-3 and lower his earned run average to 3.10.

Colon said he was feeling better Sunday and hoped he would return quickly.

"I feel good," the Dominican said through a translator. "I just have a little bit of pain and I'm on the DL right now, 15 days. So hopefully I can pitch after that."

Also missing from the Yankees rotation is Phil Hughes, who has resumed throwing after being sidelined with a "dead" arm.

Joining Colon on the disabled list Sunday was reliever Amauri Sanit, who has a right elbow injury.

Pitcher Hector Noesi and outfielder Chris Dickerson were called up from the minors to replace Colon and Sanit.

(Writing by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue)