The bullpen door for the Cleveland Indians went from under-used to over-used in a heartbeat. Now, it has become a revolving one as on Monday afternoon, the club announced that a pair of relievers, left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and right-hander Joba Chamberlain, had been designated for assignment.
In a related move, the Indians have recalled right-handed starter Mike Clevinger and left-handed reliever T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus. Both pitchers, who have extensive starting experience in their professional careers, are expected to work out of the bullpen.
On a second long road trip and over the course of a 162- game season, every team will have a bad day. Sunday was that day for the Cleveland Indians as they were leveled by the Toronto Blue Jays, 17-1, to wrap up their ten-game road trip.
Corey Kluber started for the Tribe, but was unable to make it through four innings as the Blue Jays jumped out to five early runs to chase the Cleveland starter. With the game in the hands of the heavily used bullpen during the four-game set with Toronto, things grew ugly quickly while the Indians had no answer for the Jays starter, J.A. Happ.
The 33-year-old southpaw is entering his 14th season of professional baseball this year and looks to find a spot in the Indians’ heavily-crowded bullpen battle this spring. A former second round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003, he is one of the elder statesmen in the camp competition for one of a handful of available spots in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen for the coming season.