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CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs placed RHP Jason Bere on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a severe contusion to his right knee and recalled RHP Francis Beltran from Double-A West Tennessee.

With one out in the third inning of Wednesday night's game against Cincinnati, the Reds' Sean Casey hit a line drive that ricocheted off of Bere, injuring his right knee and knocking him out of the game.

Bere is 1-9 with a 5.18 ERA.

Beltran has appeared in 22 games out of the bullpen for West Tennessee this season. He has a 1-2 record with 12 saves and a 3.42 ERA.