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Published: Wednesday, 8/13/2008

Hens' Beltran recalled by Tigers

BY JOE VARDON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Mud Hens reliever Francis Beltran was recalled by the Tigers this afternoon to fill the spot in their bullpen vacated by Joel Zumaya, who was placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder today.

Beltran, 28, is 2-5 with a 4.81 ERA and three saves for the Hens. The right-hander was converted to the team's closer when Blaine Neal left to join Team USA for the Beijing Olympics late last month.

This is Beltran's second stint with the Tigers this year. He was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in five games with Detroit in April.

Taking Beltran's place in Toledo is right-hander Matt Rusch, who was promoted from Double-A Erie and is engaging on his second tour with the Hens this year.

Rusch was 2-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 games for Toledo earlier this season.



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