Athletics to place closer Fetters on DL

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Apr 6, 1998, 3:00:00 AM4/6/98

The Oakland Athletics will likely place closer Mike Fetters, who
will be sidelined for about three weeks with a strained left
calf, on the disabled list before tonight's game against the
Cleveland Indians.

Fetters suffered the injury when he ran to cover first base on a
foul ball to the right side in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-5,
10-inning loss to the New York Yankees.

The 33-year-old Fetters was acquired in December to bolster the
beleagured Oakland bullpen. He was expected to take over as the
team's closer. Fetters was traded from Milwaukee to Cleveland in
a five-player deal on December 8th. He was shipped to Oakland
the same day for right-hander Steve Karsay.

Fetters recorded six saves in 51 games during an injury-plagued
1997 season after posting a career-high 31 saves with the
Brewers in 1996.

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