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05/24/08 6:59 PM ET

Carmona's hip sends him to 15-day DL

Laffey to remain in rotation, Westbrook to start Wednesday

CLEVELAND -- Just as the Indians are about to get Jake Westbrook back from the disabled list and into their rotation, they are losing Fausto Carmona.

Carmona was placed on the DL on Saturday after injuring the hip in the third inning of Friday night's 13-9 loss to the Rangers. He was slow in covering first base on a bouncer David Murphy hit to Ryan Garko. Carmona was not in time to retire Murphy. He then threw one pitch to the next batter, Brandon Boggs, before leaving the ballgame.

Manager Eric Wedge said he wasn't sure whether Carmona strained his hip while making the pitch to Murphy or coming off the mound to trot to first. Nor was Wedge sure how long to expect Carmona (4-2, 3.10 ERA) to be out of the rotation.

"We're not sure how serious it is," Wedge said. "We know it's serious enough to put him on the DL."

Carmona had an MRI performed on the hip Friday, and the Indians were awaiting the results. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said he would provide an update on Carmona's timetable Sunday.

The loss of Carmona dictates a gain in job security for left-hander Aaron Laffey, who figured to be optioned back down to Triple-A Buffalo in the coming week when Westbrook comes back.

Laffey (2-3, 1.60) will make his regular turn in the rotation Tuesday against the White Sox and will continue to pitch every five days thereafter.

"I've showed them they can trust me and rely on me," Laffey said.

Westbrook, coming back from a strained left intercostal muscle, made his second and final rehab start at Double-A Akron on Friday against Erie and allowed three hits in six scoreless innings. He will get the ball Wednesday against the Sox.

"I feel ready to go," said Westbrook, who has been on the DL since April 22. "I feel strong about making [Wednesday's] start."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.