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Albers to be out longer, Berger traded

Albers to be out longer, Berger traded
April 15, 2013
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Today the Indians announced that they have transferred right-handed pitcher Matt Albers from the paternity list to the family medical emergency list.

The paternity list allows a player up to three days of leave, so Albers would have needed to be activated on the roster today; however, he is not ready to return to the team. The family medical leave list allows a player to be out for up to seven days, so this allows him to be away from the team some additional time and he can be reinstated anytime between now and Friday.

The Indians also announced a minor trade as they acquired catcher Chris Wallace from the Houston Astros in exchange for left-handed pitcher Eric Berger.  Wallace, 24, was Houston’s 16th selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Houston.  He has been assigned to Double-A Akron after appearing in one game for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.

Wallace will help fill a void in the upper levels of the Indians’ system after both Triple-A catchers Yan Gomes and Omir Santos were called up to Cleveland last week and Akron catcher Alex Lavisky broke his toe. Berger’s move to the Astros should afford him a much better opportunity to make the big leagues considering their need for pitching and all of the options they will likely sift through this season.

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User Comments

April 15, 2013 - 2:42 PM EDT
I remember Berger coming out of Roseville and Arizona as a very highly regarded prospect who threw in the mid-90's and had a nasty curve as well. I remember him 3 years ago- post surgery locked in a scoreless duel w Madison Bumgarner Akron against Richmond. I don't know what happened, drugs I guess. Whatever, it would be cool to see him pitching in the Astrodome at some point.

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