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The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ new players who will be trying to fill a role on the Tribe’s roster.
When it comes to the Indians bullpen for the 2014 season, there are not a whole lot of spots that are up for grabs. One of the players that will be trying to earn one of the last remaining spots will be flame thrower Blake Wood.
Wood, a 28-year old right handed reliever, is just recently coming off of Tommy John surgery which cost him to be designated for assignment back at the end of the 2012 season by the Kansas City Royals. On November 2, 2012 he was claimed off of the waivers by the Cleveland Indians, knowing that he would miss most, if not all, of the upcoming 2013 season. Wood then proceeded to miss the majority of the 2013 season, being moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 14, 2013 and optioned to Triple-A Columbus. He was later called up to Cleveland and made two appearances and did not give up a run at the end of the 2013 season. Now fully healthy and ready to compete, Wood will be the outside guy looking in and attempt to lock down a bullpen spot.
In 2006, Wood was drafted in the third round by the Kansas City Royals. He then spent four years in the in the minors before breaking into the big leagues in 2010 against Cleveland. After having a not-so-successful first year in the majors, he rebounded very well in 2011 posting a 3.75 ERA and more importantly an 8.0 K/9 ratio. He ended up pitching in 55 games for the Royals in 2011, but then he didn’t make another appearance in a Royals uniform. It was announced in May 2012 that his season would be over and that he would have to get Tommy John surgery. Later that year he was designated for assignment and was then picked up off of the waivers by the Indians.