Borowski has right shoulder strain

Updated: June 7, 2004, 7:41 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Joe Borowski was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right shoulder strain, and Chicago recalled right-hander Jon Leicester from Triple-A Iowa.

Joe Borowski
Relief Pitcher
Chicago Cubs
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Chicago is unsure of the specifics of Borowski's injury and he will undergo tests. The Cubs closer is 2-4 with a 8.02 ERA and has nine saves in 11 chances. Borowski gave up a double to Jack Wilson in the ninth inning Friday and an RBI single to Craig Wilson for his second blown save of the season.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Larry Rothschild have questioned Borowski if he was experiencing any problems.

"I have been asking him the whole time and Larry has been asking him the whole time, and you know, Joe being the warrior that he is, nothing hurts, just something is not right," said Baker.

Baker met with Borowski on Saturday and they concluded that the disabled list was the best option. Borowski also met with Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams.

"The doctor said the best thing to do is back off and run some tests and see what is going on," Borowski said. "I think in the long run this is probably the best thing because it will finally put my mind to ease."

The Cubs already had put 12 players on the disabled list this season including Borowski, Sammy Sosa, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. The team record for DL trips in one season is 16 in 1970.

Leicester was 5-2 with a 4.01 ERA for Iowa. He was with the Cubs from Aug. 27-30 last year but did not make any appearances.

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