TORONTO: The Indians moved to shore up their tired bullpen in the wake of a two-night ordeal in which the relief corps was pressed into service for more than 13 innings.
Part of the reason for the overload of work was an injury to Mitch Talbot Thursday night, when he was forced to leave the game with no outs in the third inning with a strained back.
Talbot underwent an MRI scan on Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
""It's a mild strain, but we want to be careful with him,'' manager Manny Acta said.
The Tribe will need a starter to face the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday, but picking that pitcher will have to wait.
The more immediate problem was getting fresh arms into the bullpen. Toward that end, Jensen Lewis and Justin Germano were called up from Columbus.
This will be Lewis' fourth stint with the Tribe. He is 2-2 with a 4.18 earned-run average in 22 appearances. At Columbus, he was 2-0 with two saves and a 1.77 ERA in 16 outings.
Germano, 27, was signed as a minor-league free agent late in spring training. Originally with the Padres, Germano has started and relieved.
He began the season in Akron, where he was 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in seven appearances, including one start. He was promoted to Columbus May 19 and went 3-2 with one save and a 3.38 ERA in 17 games, six of them starts.