Indians Put Outfielder Lawton On DL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Outfielder Matt Lawton, a key player acquired by the Cleveland Indians in the trade of Roberto Alomar to the New York Mets last winter, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained left calf muscle.

"Matt needs to get healthy, both with his calf and his shoulder," new Indians manager Joel Skinner said. "Our trainers said it would take him 7-to-8 eight days to recover, so for his safety we put him on the disabled list. Hopefully, the rest will help the combination of both injuries."

Veteran infielder-outfielder Bill Selby was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Selby hit .226 in 16 games earlier this season with the Indians.

Lawton has played with a strained right shoulder since mid-April. The 30-year-old, acquired in the eight-player trade in December, has struggled to meet expectations. He was batting .242 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs, but leads the team with 53 runs scored.

Lawton injured his calf in the seventh inning of Cleveland's 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

"He did it coming out of the batter's box," Skinner said. "He's been banged up all season and I don't think we've really seen what Matt can do."

Lawton is the second outfielder from the deal with the Mets to go on the disabled list, joining outfielder Alex Escobar, who is out for the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee in spring training.

The other three players acquired by Cleveland in the deal, pitchers Jerrod Riggan and Billy Traber and infielder Earl Snyder, are in the minors.

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