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Tomlin, Brantley added to crowded DL

By Sheldon Published: August 26, 2011

CLEVELAND: Just what the Indians needed, more players on the disabled list.

This afternoon, starter Josh Tomlin and outfielder Michael Brantley were added to the 15-day disabled list, and nobody was willing to risk a guess at when they might come back.

""Michael was seen again by Dr. (Thomas) Graham at the Cleveland Clinic,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. ""It was unlikely that he would be able to play in three to five days, so he was placed on the disabled list.

""He underwent some advanced diagnostic tests -- bone scan, CT scan -- to further evaluate his right wrist.''

For the first time since he came to the big-leagues, 38 starts ago, Tomlin failed to pitch at least five innings in his outing against the Mariners on Wednesday, when he gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

""Josh experienced discomfort in his right elbow during his last start,'' Soloff said. ""After an examination and an MRI, it was determined that he has a sprain of the elbow.

""He will shut down all throwing for two weeks then be re-examined. If he is asymptomatic at that time, he will restart his throwing.''

With only five weeks left in the season, it's possible that Brantley has taken his last swing and Tomlin has made his last pitch of 2011.


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