CLEVELAND (AP) _ Indians catcher Sandy Alomar, who underwent offseason surgery on his left knee and has been getting injections to ease the pain, was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Alomar had missed five games since May 10 with soreness in the knee before the club decided to put him on the DL, retroactive to May 11. Chris Turner was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to fill Alomar’s spot and will back up Einar Diaz.
Because he has such little cartilage in his left knee following several operations, Alomar has been getting injections of hylagen, a lubricant that eases soreness caused by bone rubbing on bone.
The procedure is relatively new, and after getting a shot last week, Alomar thought he would be able to return for the three-game weekend series in Detroit.
But the soreness persisted and he was forced to go on the DL. Last year, nagging injuries limited the six-time All-Star to 117 games.
Alomar is batting .317 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games this season. Earlier this year, he missed six games with lower back spasms.
Turner was batting .319 with two homers and five RBIs in 20 games for Buffalo.
The Indians also transferred outfielder Mark Whiten from the 15-day DL to the 60-day. Whiten has a broken right foot.