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Indians finalize Opening Day roster; DL Sizemore, Huff, purchase contracts of Lopez, Wheeler

 

Grady Sizemore (photo by Ron Vesely via Getty Images, courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians used Wednesday to shore up their Opening Day roster before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

The Tribe have placed injured center fielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. Also going to the DL for s shorter stay is left-hander David Huff, who has a strained right hamstring.

The Indians designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment.

Cleveland purchased the contracts of infielder Jose Lopez and reliever Dan Wheeler from Triple-A Columbus.

Sizemore, who re-signed with the team as a free agent during the winter for a reduced contract, underwent back surgery in March due to a spring training drill of fielding ground balls, will not be eligible to come off the DL until June 3.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV

Indians continue to add pitching depth; adds Wheeler

 

Dan Wheeler in 2011 with Boston (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Indians are making sure that they have plenty of options for their bullpen in 2012.

This time they’ve added free agent reliever Dan Wheeler to a minor league contract.

Wheeler has made 466 relief appearances since the 2005 season, that’s fourth-most in baseball in that time period. The 34-year-old in his career has a 3.88 ERA and 43 career saves in 577 major league games.

Wheeler pitched in 37 games for Boston in 2011 and will be going to Spring Training camp with a chance to win a spot in the Indians bullpen. Last season, he had a 4.83 ERA, missing two weeks in May with a strained calf muscle and the season ended for him on September 8 with soreness in his right forearm.

He was very tough on AL Central Division teams with a 0.84 ERA in 10 games covering 10.2 innings.

Wheeler has also pitched for Tampa Bay, the Mets and Houston.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

 

Tampa Bay Rays 6 Cleveland Indians 5, 10 Innings

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jason Bartlett’s driver to  right-center field in the 10th inning off Cleveland closer Kerry Wood, scored Carl Crawford with the winning run in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 6-5 win.

The Indians were up 3-0 in the first inning Sunday against Jeff Niemann. Austin Kearns drove in two runs with a single and Matt LaPorta doubled home the third run.

Jason Bartlett (mlb)

But the Rays caught up and led by the fifth inning 5-3. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer off of Justin Masterson to make it 4-3 and B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.

The Indians came back to tie it in the sixth inning. Matt LaPorta walked against Dan Wheeler; Andy Marte singled; a hit by Trevor Crowe scored LaPorta. Marte scored on a bases-loaded double-play grounder by Anderson Hernandez.