Groin injury lands Betancourt on DL

Updated: June 1, 2009, 4:59 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday by the Cleveland Indians due to a strained right groin and left-hander Tony Sipp was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

Betancourt left Sunday's game against the New York Yankees in the middle of the eighth inning with the leg injury, giving the Indians eight players on the disabled list. Only the Tampa Bay Rays have more, with nine.

Betancourt is 1-1 with a save and a 3.71 ERA. His 25 appearances are the most on the team and tied for second in the league. His 29 strikeouts rank third among relievers.

Sipp, a rookie, has split the year between the Indians and Triple-A. He had a 4.26 ERA in nine appearances (6 1-3 innings) for the Indians this season.

The Indians are now without center fielder Grady Sizemore, designated hitter Travis Hafner, three relievers and starters Scott Lewis and Anthony Reyes.

Victor Martinez, however, has escaped joining the injured list. He was back in the lineup as the designated hitter Monday after fouling a ball off his leg on Saturday. He was forced to leave the game following the at-bat and took Sunday off.


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