Indians Activate Hunter, Designate Detwiler
Bob Toth | On 29, Apr 2016
Prior to starting their three-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies, the Cleveland Indians announced on Friday that they have activated reliever Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list.
To make room on the 25-man roster for Hunter, the Indians have designated left-handed reliever Ross Detwiler for assignment.
The 29-year-old right-hander Hunter had been rehabbing throughout the month with the Columbus Clippers while working to return from off-season core muscle surgery. In eight games for the Clippers, he was 1-1 with one save while posting a 1.00 ERA. He worked a total of nine innings, giving up just seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Opponents hit .212 against him and right-handers hit just .176.
Hunter was added to the Indians bullpen options when he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the team on February 12. He had spent last season with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs, working with the Cubs during their playoff push.
He was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers and came up with the club as a starter before converting to relief work in his fourth and final season with the team in 2011 before he was dealt to the Orioles. After moving back into the starting rotation with Baltimore for his first two years in Maryland, he moved back into the bullpen and found success there for the club.
Hunter will wear 48 for the Tribe.
The 30-year-old Detwiler had a high ERA of 5.79 for the Indians, but this was more due to the small sample size of games that he had appeared in. He had worked seven outings this season, but was seldom used in stretches that mattered as the Indians were 1-6 in games in which he pitched. He had limited opposing hitters to a .188 batting average (3-for-16), with two hits allowed to right-handers and one to left-handers in an even eight at bats. In addition to the three hits surrendered, he had also issued four walks while striking out three.
Detwiler, like Hunter, is a former first round pick who had spent much of his career in the starting rotation. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2007 and had spent his entire career with the organization until he was traded to the Texas Rangers following the 2014 season. He split the 2015 season with the Rangers and the Atlanta Braves, working both as a starter and as a reliever over the course of the year.
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