After exiting early in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the host Toronto Blue Jays, veteran pitcher Miguel Batista was placed on the 15-day disable list Sunday with a strained a muscle in his lower back. Batista (1-1, 3.95 ERA) will be replaced by minor-leaguer Chris Schwinden, who will be given a second opportunity to earn a spot in a rotation.
"I felt a pull there and it felt funny," Batista said of his 3-2 pitch to Eric Thames in the second. "And after that, I felt it every pitch."
Before his start Saturday, the 41-year-old had been battling a groin injury, which wasn't one of the reasons why he left his start. Schwinden, who's spent most of the season in Triple-A Buffalo, has already made two starts for the parent team, but has complied a 11.25 ERA.
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