Borowski to the DL; possibly through?

Cleveland Indians closer Joe Borowski has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a ‘strained triceps’ (or something worse). This move follows an absolutely horrid outing from Borowski where he blew a 4-3 lead, his second consecutive blown save. He gave up four hits and three earned runs over two thirds of an inning, including a home run to Manny Ramirez who was unsure whether Borowski threw him a fastball or a changeup. A marked decrease in Borowski’s velocity is evident, as he topped out last night at an independent league 83 mph.

Obviously, if this injury is more than just a strain and his fastball stays in this 80-83 mph range, Borowski is no longer a viable option at closer. 83 mph when you aren’t a specialty pitcher (ie. submariner) will not get the job done. Cleveland columnist Patrick McManamon says the Tribe should question whether Borowski should be replaced.
McManamon on Borowski:

When he succeeds, he’s celebrated.
When he doesn’t, he’s a lonely guy.
And when it happens too often it’s time to make a move.
It’s time for the Indians to consider their options.

The Indians have one of the best setup men in the league, Rafael Betancourt, who will most likely be the interim closer, and would be a leading candidate as a permanent solution. Also in consideration would be Rafael Perez (lefty killer), Jensen Lewis, Japanese import Masahide Kobayashi (unproven so far), Tom ‘Nasty’ Mastny (just recalled), and former Orioles closer, Jorge Julio.

Cleveland is off to a slow start, but they will definitely rebound to finish either first or second in the AL Central. They are much too talented to be fourth place. It is only April. C.C. Sabathia is sucking right now, but he is a Cy Young winner. Borowski’s collapse could be a blessing for the Indians because a stud closer may emerge from their above average bullpen.

Indians place Borowski on disabled list (MLB.com)

It’s time for Tribe to take hard look at Borowski’s skills (Ohio.com)

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2 Comments on “Borowski to the DL; possibly through?”

  1. Ben Keeler Says:

    Good news for Indians fans.

  2. Ben Gardner Says:

    Indeed, Ben


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