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Betancourt to DL, Slocum Recalled

Placed RHP Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day Disabled List (back)

Recalled RHP Brian Slocum from AAA Buffalo (MLB debut)

This makes three relievers in one week to go on the shelf. Slocum was a 2nd Round pick in 2002, and has recently been converted to the bullpen. He had an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League (20.0 IP, 3.15 ERA, 19 SO), and has started out well in Buffalo (9.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 11 SO, 1 BB).

Here's what the bullpen looks like now:

CL Bob Wickman
RHP Guillermo Mota
LHP Scott Sauerbeck
RHP Jason Davis
RHP Brian Slocum
LHP Rafael Perez
RHP Danny "White Flag" Graves

Fernando Cabrera will probably return as soon as his 15 days are up. Steve Karsay is also a good bet to join the bullpen as soon as he's ready to go. And I would assume Perez is going back to Akron in favor of someone else (Guthrie? Stanford?). So, in other words, the relief corps one week from now might look totally different from today's configuration.