Mitch Talbot to DL with Lower Back Strain

Indians starter Mitch Talbot has been placed on the disabled list due to a lower back strain.

Talbot began experiencing the discomfort after his last start Friday.  The injury hasn’t improved to the liking of the Tribe, so the club shut down the right hander.

“After his last outing, [Talbot] felt a little soreness in his back,” manager Manny Acta said. “On Sunday, he was available out of the bullpen. Between innings, he tried to throw back there and felt it a little bit, so we shut him down.”

After his solid 2010, Talbot has struggled so far this season.  Over his 11 starts, the 27 year old has posted an ugly 6.33 ERA and WHIP of 1.80.  He’s allowed 1.5 home runs per 9 on the year and hitters are batting a whopping .338 off of Talbot.

Talbot is just one of several Indians’ pitchers having a rough 2011.  The club’s starting staff has the 7th worst ERA in the league.

For now the Indians have recalled outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to fill Talbot’s roster spot.  Carrera’s stay will likely be a short one as Cleveland is expected to recall Jeanmar Gomez to take the mound in place of Talbot Sunday.

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