Indians add five to roster, DFA Fedroff and Diaz
September 1, 2013
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet, left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone, and right-handed pitcher Blake Wood from Triple-A Columbus. They have also purchaes the contracts of infielder Jose Ramirez and catcher Kelly Shoppach. To make room for Shoppach and Ramirez they have designated infielder Juan Diaz and outfielder Tim Fedroff for assignment.
Guilmet, 26, has spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus where he went 5-4 with 20 saves and a 1.68 ERA in 49 relief appearances (64.1 IP, 43 H, 19 R (12ER), 72 K, .182 AVG). He currently ranks 3rd in the International League in saves and limited Triple-A right-handed hitters to a .165 (22-133) average against. Since June 29 with the Clippers he owns an ERA of 0.33 over his last 18 outings (27.1 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 30 K) and did not allow a run after July 31 (13.0 IP). He has appeared in two games with the Indians over two stints with Cleveland in July and August (10.80 ERA, 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER) and made his MLB debut on July 10 vs. Toronto.
Hagadone, 27, has split the season between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus, spending five stints with the Indians in 2013 where he has posted an ERA of 5.33 in 28 relief outings (25.1 IP, 18 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 23 K, .209 AVG). Between his stints in Cleveland he went 2-3 with 7 saves and a 2.51 ERA in 27 games (32.1 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 17 BB, 46 K, .203 AVG, 12.8 K/9) for Triple-A Columbus.
Wood, 28, spent the first half of 2013 rehabbing back from 2012 reconstructive surgery on his right elbow before being activated and optioned to Columbus on July 14 after being claimed off outright waivers from Kansas City in November. During his tenure with the Clippers he went 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA (16.2 IP, 11 H, 4ER, 23K) as he limited Triple-A hitters to a .186 (11-59) average against and had a 12.4 K/9. In his time in the minors he did have a 6.2 BB/9.
Ramirez, 20, is making his Major League debut after making the jump from Low-A Lake County to Double-A Akron in 2013 where he hit .272 (131-482) with 78 runs scored, 16 doubles, 6 triples, 3 home runs and 38 RBI in 113 games. He is leading the Eastern League in stolen bases (39), is 4th in runs scored (78) and 12th in base hits (131) while hitting .324 (44-136) off left-handed pitchers and .296 (53-179) with runners on base. With Akron he appeared in 50 games at shortstop, 53 games at second base and 8 games at third base.
Shoppach, 33, was signed by Cleveland to a free agent Minor League contract on August 30 after signing with the Seattle Mariners in the off-season and spent the first two and a half months of the season with Seattle, hitting .196 (21-107) with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 35 games before being released on June 20. The Baylor University product later spent July in the Washington Nationals organization (AAA Syracuse) and August in the Pittsburgh Pirates system (AAA Indianapolis) before requesting his release on August 28. He started at catcher last night for AAA Columbus (1-for-3) in his first game back with the Cleveland organization.
The Major League roster current consists of 30 players: 15 pitchers, 3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 5 outfielders.
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