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Carrera designated for assignment, Barnes recalled

Carrera designated for assignment, Barnes recalled
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Today the Cleveland Indians announced they have designated outfielderEzequiel Carrera for assignment and recalled left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus.

Barnes has spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus where he has gone 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 8 relief outings (9.2 IP, 8 H, 4R/ER, 5 BB, 10 K, .250 AVG) and has limited left-handed batters to a .222 (2-for-9) average against. Over his last 4 outings since April 20 he has an ERA of 1.93 (4.2IP, 3H, 1R/ER, 6K).  He was with the Indians on April 28 as the 26th-man for that day’s doubleheader and appeared in the day game (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, HR, BB).

Barnes should help fill a short term need in the bullpen while the Indians are a little short-handed with right-handerVinnie Pestano still day-to-day with elbow soreness. He will probably be sent right back to Columbus once outfielder Michael Bourn returns, which could be some time later this week.

Carrera went 2-for-4 at the plate in two games with the Indians the past few days. He was claimed off waivers and added to the roster on Friday. The Indians have 10 days to trade, release, or outright him to the minors.

With first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher back in the lineup and Bourn expected to return soon, the Indians had no need for a fifth outfielder on the active roster. There is a good chance he could clear waivers as he passed through all the NL clubs last week and half the AL clubs before the Indians claimed him. If he clears waivers he would have to accept an outright assignment and would be sent to Columbus.

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League Park
May 5, 2013 - 4:43 PM EDT
Why is Albers with the team? Hagadone or Barnes look better

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