Indians place RHP Talbot on DL



CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed struggling starter Mitch Talbot on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Talbot is just 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 starts. After winning 10 games as a rookie, the right-hander has had a rough second season with Cleveland, which acquired him in a 2009 trade from Tampa Bay. Talbot was on the DL for six weeks earlier this season with a strained elbow.

To take Talbot’s roster spot, the Indians plan to recall outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Columbus before Thursday’s game in Baltimore.

Talbot’s next start will be taken by Jeanmar Gomez. He’s expected to face the Orioles on Sunday.

Carrera was with the Indians in May. He got a game-winning bunt RBI single for his first major league hit in his first at-bat against Cincinnati.