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Percival back on DL; Talbot up

Following Tuesday's game, the Rays placed veteran closer Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

The team also recalled RH Mitch Talbot from Triple-A Durham; Talbot was 7-6 with a 4.41 ERA in 17 starts for the Bulls, and is being promoted to the big leagues for the first time. In 98 innings, he had 77 strikeouts against just 16 walks.

In Percival's absence, the Rays will likely use a closer-by-committee, with RHP Dan Wheeler, RHP Grant Balfour, LHP J.P. Howell among the candidates.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:36am]


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