LeCroy joins Mauer on disabled list

Updated: April 8, 2004, 4:02 PM ET
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are running out of catchers, and fast.

Joe Mauer

Matt LeCroy

The Twins lost a backstop for the second straight day as Matt LeCroy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a pulled right rib cage muscle.

LeCroy suffered the injury in the second inning of Wednesday's 11-4 loss to Cleveland on his second swing of the night, at a high fastball.

On Wednesday, Minnesota placed Joe Mauer, the No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft, on the 15-day DL with a torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. Mauer needs surgery and could miss a month.

Last season, LeCroy batted .287 with career highs of 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 107 games. He primarily was used as a designated hitter, but also saw time at first base and catcher.

To take LeCroy's spot on the roster, the Twins recalled catcher Rob Bowen from Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League. Bowen will likely serve as a backup to journeyman Henry Blanco, who was the starter on Thursday against the Tigers.

Mauer, 20, was hurt sliding in an attempt to catch a foul ball behind the plate in the third inning Tuesday night against Cleveland.

Mauer singled in his only at-bat Tuesday, giving him three hits and two walks in his first six plate appearances in the majors.

Center fielder Torii Hunter and starting pitcher Johan Santana also left Tuesday's game with injuries. Hunter is out four to five days with a strained right hamstring, and Santana will make his next start after muscle spasms in his left forearm forced him out in the fifth inning. The spasms caused a cramp in Santana's thumb.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.