Beckett on injured list with finger blister
MIAMI -- Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
The team recalled reliever Ben Howard from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Beckett's roster spot.
Beckett, who was on the disabled list three times in 2002 because of blisters on the same finger, is 4-4 with a 4.06 ERA this season. He was forced out of Sunday's start against the New York Mets after only 2 2-3 innings because of the blister.
The Marlins acquired Howard from San Diego for right-hander Blaine Neal on April 3.
In 17 relief appearances at Albuquerque, Howard was 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA. He allowed 22 hits and 11 earned runs in 29 innings, striking out 25 and walking 17.
Howard appeared in nine games with the Padres over the 2002 and 2003 seasons, making eight starts. He went 1-4 with a 4.96 ERA in those games, striking out 34 and walking 29 in 45 1-3 innings.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press