Joe Borowski Placed on DL, Tom Mastny Called Up from AAA-Buffalo

Tony DiTonto-GrethelCorrespondent IApril 15, 2008

Joe Borowski's stint as a Cleveland Indian might be nearing it's end.

After a strange 2007 that included an ERA of 5.07, along with leading the AL in saves (45), it seems that Joe Borowski's chances of getting another shot in Cleveland are questionable at best.

With an 18.00 ERA and 2 blown saves already accounted for, Borowski has been off to his worst start ever produced in his career.

On Tuesday, Borowski was placed on the DL with an apparently strained triceps. Whether the accusation is true or not, there is no doubt that something has been bothering the closer since spring training.

Over the past few weeks, Borowski has been pitching with a lack of velocity that has been described as a "dead-arm period", in his own words. Indians manager Eric Wedge believes that the extent of this injury could cause Borowski to sit for possibly a month.

With Borowski on the DL, Betancourt has been assigned closing duties for the time being.

Tom Mastny, who pitched for the Indians in 2007 with a 4.68 ERA and was slotted to play in AAA Buffalo, has been called up to fill the extra slot.

Wedge has stated that he believes Borowski will take the closer role once healthy again, but doesn't guarantee anything.