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Tuesday April 16th, 2013

The Giants are expected to place reliever Jeremy Affledt on the DL with an oblique strain. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The Giants are expected to place reliever Jeremy Affledt on the DL with an oblique strain. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants will place reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night after an MRI showed the left-hander has a right oblique strain, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Jean Machi, who has given up five hits and struck out five in five scoreless appearances for the Triple-A Fresno, will take Affeldt’s roster spot.

The Giants are in Milwaukee to play the Brewers in a three-game set starting Tuesday night.

Affeldt has a 5.79 ERA in six appearance this season and had an MRI on Tuesday morning after he felt a twinge in his oblique on the team's off day Monday. He is in the first season of a three-year, $18-million contract.

From the Mercury News:

“We decided to go with Machi,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s throwing the ball well. We really haven’t had a good look at him up here. This spring, we liked the way he was throwing the ball. He’ll get the first look.” Affeldt hurt his left oblique in 2010 and had a right oblique strain in 2004. According to the Giants media guide, the 2004 injury, similar to this one, put Affeldt out for nearly two months.

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