Indians Place Shuey On DL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Paul Shuey, Cleveland's top set-up reliever, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury on Thursday.

The club said Shuey got hurt during a pregame, on-field workout on Tuesday. The Indians made the move retroactive to Monday and recalled reliever Jerrod Riggan from Triple-A Buffalo.

Shuey, who primarily pitches in the eighth inning, is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 27 games. He has struck out 24 in 25 innings and limited hitters to a .205 average.

This is the sixth straight season and 11th time in his career Shuey has gone on the DL.

"This is probably a five- to seven-day thing to let it heal," Shuey said. "But that leaves the guys awful short in the bullpen. It's not fair to those guys."

Riggan, who came to the Indians from the New York Mets in the Roberto Alomar deal in December, appeared in seven games with Cleveland earlier this season.

He was optioned to Buffalo on April 24. With the Bisons, he went 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 15 games.

The Indians, who have six players on the DL, entered Thursday 5½ games back of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central and have lost six of nine games.

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