Indians Place Riske On DL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians reliever David Riske, whose career has been slowed by injuries and surgeries, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained lower back muscle.

The club said Riske is returning from Florida to for further examination.

The right-hander pitched one inning in the Indians' 4-0 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday night, giving up a two-run homer to Derrek Lee. He has an 18.00 ERA in his last six games, and has appeared in 33 games this season.

The Indians bought the contract of left-hander Heath Murray from Triple-A Buffalo. Before Murray's arrival, Ricardo Rincon was the only lefty in Cleveland's bullpen.

The loss of Riske is a tough for Cleveland since the Indians are already without set-up man Paul Shuey, on the DL with a groin injury.

Riske missed most of the 2000 season with injuries, and had surgery for a bulging disc in his back as well as a torn shoulder ligament.

He pitched in 26 games last year for Cleveland, and won a roster spot this season with an impressive spring training.

The 25-year-old was 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA and one save. This is his fourth career trip to the DL.

Murray pitched in 40 games last season for Detroit before being released on Nov. 20. The Indians signed him to a minor league contract less than a month later.

Murray went 1-2 with a 2.51 ERA and five saves in 20 appearances for the Bisons. In his last six games, he has three saves and a 1.04 ERA.

To make room on their 40-man roster for Murray, the Indians moved right-hander Jaret Wright from the 15- to 60-day DL.

Wright made a rehab start for Buffalo on Monday, pitching five innings. He is trying to come back after having two shoulder surgeries in the past two years.

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