Nats' Beimel on DL with hip injury

Updated: April 21, 2009, 3:15 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals are putting setup man Joe Beimel on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury and recalling reliever Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse.

Tuesday's moves come just two days after the right-handed Rivera was sent down to the minors as part of a major overhaul of Washington's struggling bullpen.

Beimel strained his left hip flexor while making a defensive play in the eighth inning of Washington's 3-2 victory over Atlanta. The left-hander has a 1.23 ERA in eight relief appearances this season.

Rivera is 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA in six outings in 2009, including a blown save Sunday in a loss to Florida.


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