#Indians claim RHP Rick VandenHurk on waivers from Toronto.
Kelvin De La Cruz gets designated for assigment (again) to make room for Rick VandenHurk. Appeared in 4 games last year for O's.
"What I got to take is his word. He said that he’s healthy, he feels better than last year. He feels that he hurt himself in Spring Training and was never able to catch up. Still, if you look at his numbers and put together those innings from Colorado and the innings in Cleveland, he led our staff in strikeouts, so it’s still there and time will tell if we gave up too much."
Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic agreed to a deal with Hernandez on Monday to have the false identity charges against him dropped in exchange for the completion of a work program in his home country, according to The Associated Press.
24. Cleveland Indians: Maybe the most fascinating system in the game as they are loaded with toolsy Latin American kids who have yet to play a full-season. Explosive potential, but also the risk of it all turning into nothing.
Wait, what? The Indians? The CLEVELAND Indians?
When I saw them at #5 after running the calculations, I was convinced there was an error in the ratings. I triple checked them. There isn’t. ZIPS loves the Indians rotation. It sees both Masterson and Jimenez as legitimate front-line starters, and then is wooed again by the soft-tossing strike throwers mold – this time, it’s Kevin Slowey and Josh Tomlin getting love for throwing 88 and over the plate. Toss in a still-useful Derek Lowe, and ZIPs seems a strong, deep rotation with two really good horses up front. I’ll take the under, personally, but there’s some validity to the reasoning, and the Indians rotation is probably underrated. Just maybe not this underrated.
RHP Jon Garland no longer an option for #Indians. Was scheduled for physical Monday, but didn't take it.
"Is Carlos going to hit one of my players? No," Guillen said. "I managed another team for eight years and you never saw anything with players. That's going to be a no-no. If you're going to talk about your teammates, be ready for the biggest fight because I will fight you. You will kick my butt because I'm old and out of shape, but I will give you a good fight.
Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano had the highest fastball swinging-strike rate among all pitchers, at 21.0%. League average (again, for all pitchers who threw at least 100 four-seam fastballs) was 6.3%
After watching Lindor in the Fall Instructional League, I have very little doubt that he will develop into a very good major leaguer, one that can play a premium defensive position while providing above-average offensive production.