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Coffey placed on DL, Balester recalled

Apr 17, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

Updated at 12:43 p.m.

The Nationals placed reliever Todd Coffey on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain this morning and recalled right-hander Collin Balester from Class AAA Syracuse to replace him.

Coffey hadn't pitched since April 8, when he tossed a scoreless inning against the Mets in New York. The move, then, is retroactive to the next day, which means he'll be eligible to return from the DL on April 24.

The 30-year-old right-hander was doing conditioning work Wednesday when he felt a cramp in his lower leg. A little while later, it began to feel worse.

"By the time I walked in here, I thought: 'That's a little more than a cramp,'" Coffey said. "The doc looked at it, got checked out a couple times. It's just a small strain. It's just a day-to-day type of thing, but in the bullpen, you can't be day-to-day."

Coffey, who was 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in five total appearances, said he has no trouble throwing off a mound. The problem arises when he has to field his position.

"If someone laid a bunt on me, I'm going to be just looking at it," he said. "I'm not going to be able to cover it, I'm not going to be able toRead more »

  1. Doc - Apr 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Goooooooooooo BallyStar. Just in time to relieve some of the relief chores from the Clip Stor & Burn gang.April 24th should be an interesting day. BallyStar is out of options, and HRod is due back from his vacation in Syracuse.ChiSox appear to be having problems with late inning relief. Maybe we could do a trade for Ozzie?

  2. Positively Half St. - Apr 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    The option that sent Balester to the minors after Spring Training is good for the whole season, so there is no worry to sending him back and forth as many times as necessary this year. I do wonder if H. Rodriguez will push Broderick back to St, Louis, though.

  3. Mark'd - Apr 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Stares needs a mystery injury also.

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