Tribe Places Marshall on DL, Purchases Contract of Kontos from Columbus
Bob Toth | On 19, Jun 2018
Another day, another new face in the Cleveland Indians bullpen.
On Tuesday, the Tribe placed right-handed reliever Evan Marshall on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Replacing him on the 25-man roster will be right-hander George Kontos, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus.
Marshall becomes the fourth reliever on the disabled list for the Indians, joining fellow right-hander Nick Goody (on the 60-day DL) and left-handers Andrew Miller and Tyler Olson. If Kontos makes an appearance, which would seem likely given the state of the Indians bullpen, he would become the 18th different pitcher to work in relief for the club this season.
Marshall exited after throwing his 20th pitch of the game in the top of the eighth inning in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He struck out the first batter that he faced, but followed by hitting Adam Engel with a pitch before giving up back-to-back 1-2 singles to Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez to allow the first White Sox run of the day to cross the plate. After his 1-0 offering to Jose Abreu, he appeared in great discomfort on the mound and immediately left the game with what was later diagnosed as right elbow inflammation.
The 28-year-old right-hander had just returned to the Indians roster on Monday for his third stint with the club this season after Olson was placed on the 10-day disabled list. He signed with Cleveland in November on a minor league pact with a non-roster invite and got the call to the Majors on May 3 when his contract was purchased from Columbus.
On the year, Marshall has appeared in ten games for Cleveland with a 7.71 ERA and a 2.29 WHIP to his credit with nine strikeouts and four walks in seven innings of work.
The 33-year-old Kontos joined the Indians organization in an unheralded move on June 3, when he was formally signed to a minor league contract. He reported to Triple-A Columbus and had worked seven and two-thirds scoreless innings over six appearances, earning a pair of wins and a save. He had struck out six, walked none, and allowed seven hits in his time on the mound for the Clippers.
Kontos began the year in the bullpen of the Pittsburgh Pirates to kick off his second season with the club (he was acquired in a waiver claim from the San Francisco Giants last August), but he suffered through bouts of ineffectiveness. He allowed homers in back-to-back appearances on April 5 and 7 against Cincinnati and had a really tough spell in May, when he allowed runs in five of his last six games for the Pirates before he was designated for assignment on May 25. He was granted his release three days later and signed with the Indians after less than a week on the open market.
In 21 games for the Pirates this season, Kontos was 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and five walks.
He was a fifth round pick by the New York Yankees in 2006 out of Northwestern. He has spent parts of the last eight seasons in the Majors, including his first with the Yankees in 2011, as well as parts of six years with the Giants from 2012 to 2017.
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