ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -The Tampa Bay Devil Rays placed Japanese third baseman Akinori Iwamura on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain on Tuesday.
Iwamura was hurt in Monday's 10-8 win over the New York Yankees. He is hitting .339 with one homer and five RBIs in 18 games.
The six-time Gold Glove infielder in Japan agreed to a $7.7 million, three-year contract last December. The Devil Rays paid a posting fee of $4.55 million, hiking their investment in the former Yakult Swallows star to $12.25 million.
To take Iwamura's spot on the roster, the Devil Rays recalled infielder Jorge Cantu from Triple-A Durham. Cantu hit .267 with eight RBIs with the Durham.
Cantu batted .286 with 28 homers and a franchise-record 117 RBIs in 2005, but spent six weeks on the disabled list with a broken left foot last season and slumped to .249 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs.
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