Indians place Borowski on DL with strained triceps
April 15, 2008
CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Joe Borowski was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after blowing a save and giving up a two-run homer in the ninth inning to Boston's Manny Ramirez in a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.
The club said Borowski, who led the AL with 45 saves last season, has a strained triceps. He had been puzzled and frustrated by a significant loss in his velocity.
The club recalled right-hander Tom Mastny from Triple-A Buffalo.
With Borowski out, Indians manager Eric Wedge likely will turn to Rafael Betancourt as his new closer. Betancourt was one of baseball's top set-up men last season. He had three saves last season and has 12 career saves.
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I'm not buying Betancourt as the closer. Take it for what it's worth, but he may look like a great closer, but he IS a great setup man. Wedge isn't really one to mess with things that work, thus the reason Borowski still even had a job to start the year. Masa Kobayashi should be first in line, with Jorge Julio as the 2nd option. Longshot option would probably be Jensen Lewis in my opinion. But I felt this offseason when they signed Kobayashi, that it was to replace or bail out a struggling Borowski.