CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians couldnt wait any longer for Justin Masterson to fix his pitching problems. Jarrett Allen Jersey . The Indians placed Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee Tuesday. Masterson, the teams opening day starter, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA. Manager Terry Francona talked with Masterson on Monday after the right-hander allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings against the New York Yankees. "Mastys first inclination was wanting to pitch through it, which we respect," Francona said. "The way it was going, though, we thought wed DL him and get him some treatment." Masterson made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts. The Indians considered him to be their staff ace going into the season, but Masterson hasnt won since June 8 and has pitched more than four innings once in his last five starts. Masterson has been dealing with a sore knee most of the season. He was pushed back a couple of days earlier this month, but his results havent improved. "Its hard to imagine it would help," Francona said of the injury. "Im not in his body. When a guys out there competing, I dont think they think about it a lot, but I dont think it helps." Masterson was pulled without retiring a batter in the third against New York. He walked three, hit a batter and rarely topped 90 mph in his 54 pitches, throwing only 24 strikes. He has given up 19 runs, 27 hits and 17 walks in 18 innings over his last five starts. Mastersons short outings have also also put a lot of stress on the bullpen. Francona used five relievers Monday and six a week ago when Masterson didnt record an out in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "Maybe two weeks would be best for him and us because he was exiting early," Francona said. "Its hard to keep doing that and keep the bullpen not only healthy, but productive." Masterson is a free agent after this season. The two sides talked about a contract extension in spring training, but didnt reach an agreement. Corey Kluber is the only starter whos still in the rotation that opened the season. Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar are pitching at Triple-A Columbus while Carlos Carrasco was moved to the bullpen after four starts. The rotation includes Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and T.J. House, who all began the season in the minors. The Indians are in third place in the AL Central with a 43-45 record and trail first-place Detroit by 6 1-2 games. "Youre going to need more than five starters," Francona said. "Its a difficult thing to build in depth. You walk a fine line there. I dont think our record is what we want it to be. You can whine about it or you can choose to try to figure out a way to win. McAllister or Salazar will be recalled to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. 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He had seven catches for 107 yards in last weeks win at New Orleans, even though he continues to battle the injury.Im not there yet, I can tell you that, Jones said Friday when asked if he was close to 100 per cent.Quarterback Matt Ryan said Jones impressed his teammates by playing through the injury last week.Everybody in this locker room knows how much this means to him and how competitive of a guy he is and how tough of a player he is, Ryan said. I think guys really respect him for that.The Falcons may be without starting running back Steven Jackson (quadriceps) against the Panthers. Jacksons injury makes Jones status especially important.Julio is an integral part to our offence and our football team, coach Mike Smith said Friday. Hes very explosive. He creates explosive plays and he creates mismatches for defences. Its going to be very important for us to create some explosive plays in the game this week.Jones said he plans to play Sunday, though he was designated as questionable instead of probable on Fridays injury report.Its a mindset, Jones said. I know Ive got to be out there for my teammates and if I tell those guys upstairs and Mike Smith that Im ready to go, then Im ready to go and Im going to give it my all.Jones is enjoying a strong finish to the regular season. He has three straight games with at least 100 yards. He had 10 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in a home wwin over Arizona on Nov. Allen Crabbe Jersey. 30. Jones followed that with 11 catches for a franchise-record 259 yards and a touchdown at Green Bay on Dec. 8. He missed the loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 14.Julio has had an unbelievable year, Ryan said. The production that hes showed has been impressive. Even for a teammate to step back and look at it, hes been incredibly impressive.Jones had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, his second season. He was leading the NFL in catches when his 2013 season ended with a broken bone in his right foot in a Week 5 loss to the Jets. He broke the same bone during his college career at Alabama.Jones earned his second Pro Bowl berth this year. His play has been a rare positive in a mostly disappointing season for the Falcons (6-9).A win Sunday would give Atlanta a home playoff game the following week.The thing I like about this game is the opportunity, Jones said.Receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Harry Douglas (foot) are listed as probable.The bigger injury question appears to be Jackson, whose status is questionable. He left last weeks win at New Orleans with the quadriceps injury.Jackson was on the practice field but did not have a helmet in the portion of Fridays practice that was open to reporters. Smith said all the players on the injury report were participating in practice at some level.NOTES: There was a light-hearted end to the practice. Players cheered and Smith served as the referee as the Falcons training staff beat the equipment staff in an annual flag football game. Smith cautioned the flag football teams against tackling because Were going to need you on Sunday. ... PK Matt Bryant (sick) missed practice and is listed as probable. CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) is questionable.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Charles Odum on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CharlesOdum Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '