Indians Put Closer Wickman On DL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians closer Bob Wickman went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained forearm muscle.

Wickman, who has been pitching with a sore elbow since spring training, never had been on the DL in his 10-year career.

The Indians said Wickman complained of a sore forearm after Sunday's loss in Kansas City and he was examined Monday at Lutheran Hospital.

Wickman is 0-3 with a 4.59 ERA and 20 saves in 35 appearances for Cleveland this season. He has blown two saves.

Right-hander Chad Paronto was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Wickman's roster spot. Paronto appeared in 26 games with the Indians, going 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA before being sent to the minors July 15.

With Wickman sidelined, Indians interim manager Joel Skinner probably will use Paul Shuey to close games.

The 33-year-old Wickman went 5-0 with 32 saves in 70 games for the Indians last season. The club signed him to a three-year, $15.9 million contract in December.

Wickman said in June that he had been pitching with pain in his elbow since training camp in March.

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