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Bad elbow puts Lewis on the DL

Bad elbow puts Lewis on the DL

Tribe left-hander Scott Lewis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of an elbow strain. The Indians made the decision Friday night, hours after Lewis departed from his season debut.

Lewis gave up four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays. He threw 94 pitches.

Lewis underwent an MRI exam Saturday morning.

"It's been bugging me for a couple, three weeks now," he said. "I've pitched through some soreness before, and it usually fades away. I thought this would be the same, but it keeps getting worse. [Friday night], it got to the point where, on the last pitch, it really tightened up on me."

Lewis, 25, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2003 as a sophomore at Ohio State.

"I hope it's not my ligament, obviously," he said. "It feels a little different. This feels more like a flexor tendon. It's in the same area, but there's a lot of other stuff over there. I'm trying to stay positive."

Over the past couple of weeks, Lewis said, the ligament has tested OK.

Lewis, a third-round pick in 2004, made his major-league debut Sept. 10, 2008. He went 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts for the Tribe last season.

Including exhibition games, Lewis has allowed eight homers in his past 12 innings.

"I think it's going to be more of a muscle-soreness thing in his forearm," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Chulk it up: Right-handed reliever Vinnie Chulk was recalled from Class AAA Columbus. He flew into Cleveland on Saturday morning, arrived at the ballpark at about noon and pitched 2 1/3 innings in a 5-4 afternoon loss.

Chulk gave up one run on four hits.

"I'm tired, but it's a good tired," he said. "I was working off adrenaline."

Chulk, a former Blue Jay, was invited to major-league camp after signing a minor-league free-agent contract in February. He had one save and a 1.72 ERA in nine spring training appearances, limiting batters to a .192 average.

The Indians assigned Chulk to Columbus on April 1. He worked two scoreless innings in its season opener Thursday.

Arm's length: Lewis' injury means manager Wedge needs a starter for Wednesday. Long reliever Zach Jackson is a candidate.

"We're not sure what we're going to do yet," Wedge said.

False starts: Indians starters are 0-4. They have given up 37 hits and 30 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings.

Scooter rules: Former Indians farmhand Marco Scutaro, batting leadoff and playing shortstop for Toronto, went 1-for-1 with one run, one RBI and three walks Saturday. He was 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in Toronto's 13-7 victory Friday night.

Scutaro is batting .435 this season.

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