The Indians could not protect an early 4-0 lead as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied with four runs in the fourth inning off of starter Mike Clevinger and tacked on four more runs late against the Cleveland bullpen to claim an 8-4 win in the series opener on Friday from Progressive Field.
With less than a week until the Indians open the 2018 regular season in Seattle with a three-game series against the Mariners, the roster is starting to take shape.
Manager Terry Francona announced that 37-year-old veteran right-hander Matt Belisle had won a spot on the team’s relief staff, ending several months of speculation as to which pitcher would join the returning arms out of the bullpen.
In a corresponding move, fellow veteran righty Carlos Torres was granted his unconditional release after exercising the opt-out in his minor league tender with the club.
Even a week and a half after pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Arizona, for the start of the Cleveland Indians’ spring training festivities, new faces continue to arrive to camp.
To create room on the 40-man roster for Taylor, the Indians announced that right-hander Cody Anderson had been placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery early last year. He is in camp with the club working his way back from the procedure.