The bullpen door has been a heavily used and revolving one for the Cleveland Indians this season. They added yet another candidate to the scuffling relief corps on Saturday when they signed veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to a Major League contract.
To create room on the roster for the 36-year-old, fellow lefty Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment.
The Cleveland Indians made a roster move ahead of their game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, purchasing the contract of Jeff Beliveau from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers for the second time this season.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians optioned Monday’s starter Adam Plutko to Columbus.
Both players had the ability to refuse the assignment, per Article XX(D) of the collective bargaining agreement. Belisle has accrued far more than the minimum five years of Major League service time required to refuse an outright, and Beliveau (with just over two years of service time) had been previously outrighted during his career.
Beliveau accepted his assignment and will remain with the organization. He will report to Columbus and hope that the Indians will call upon him again at some point in the season. Belisle, however, has elected free agency.
A roster move that had been lingering since spring training was finally resolved on Friday afternoon, when in a handful of roster moves, the Cleveland Indians activated utility man Gio Urshela from his rehab assignment while on the 10-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.
The Indians also added another reinforcement to their bullpen, purchasing the contract of right-hander Alexi Ogando from Triple-A Columbus while designating left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Cleveland will have seven days to trade, release, or place Urshela and Beliveau on irrevocable waivers, with the hopes of passing the pair unclaimed through the process so that they can return to Columbus.
The Indians fought back with a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, but fell in extra innings to the Texas Rangers, 8-6, on Tuesday night in Cleveland on back-to-back home runs in the top of the 12th.
Reliever Nick Goody was on the mound for his third different inning of relief, looking to keep the game tied at six. Nomar Mazara grounded out on a shot to short, but Joey Gallo delivered a big blast with a solo homer to the seats in front of the bullpens to put the Rangers up, 7-6. Isiah Kiner-Falefa crushed the very next offering from Goody into the bleachers in left to give the Rangers an 8-6 edge. Zach McAllister took over and struck out a pair around a two-out single to end the inning.
Alex Claudio returned for the bottom of the 12th, getting a liner to right before two grounders to close out the comeback win.
In what started out as a game dominated by pitching, it would be big scoring efforts in the late innings from both teams and a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth by the Cleveland Indians that gave them a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Rangers tied the game at 2-2 late with a clutch two-out home run from Robinson Chirinos against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who was pitching deep in unusual starting pitching territory with his 122nd pitch of the night. While he had earned the right to take the mound after six innings of one-run baseball, the noticeable absence of Andrew Miller and some less-than-stellar efforts from the relief corps may have led to manager Terry Francona riding the durable arm of his starter a little later than he should have.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday that All-Star left-hander Andrew Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
In a set of corresponding roster moves that affected Triple-A Columbus, the Indians purchased the contract of left-hander Jeff Beliveau from the Clippers and created a spot on the 40-man roster by designating fellow southpaw bullpen mate Jack Leathersich for assignment.
The Cleveland Indians quietly made additions to their roster on Wednesday when the club signed three free agents to minor league contracts with non-roster invites to spring training in February.
Left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau, right-hander Leonel Campos, and third baseman Drew Maggi joined the Indians organization in the depth moves, giving the Tribe some new faces in Goodyear when players begin reporting in less than three months.