Indians designate De La Cruz for assignment
The Indians announced today that they have designated left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. The move was necessitated because they needed to clear space on the 40-man for first baseman Casey Kotchman who they signed back on February 3rd. The Indians now have ten days to trade, release, or outright De La Cruz to the minors.
De La Cruz, 23, pitched in 23 games (16 starts) for Double-A Akron last season and went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA. In 86.0 innings he allowed 70 hits, 3 home runs, 57 walks, and had 95 strikeouts. Last season was his second season on the 40-man roster, and was not much better than his first season on the 40-man roster in 2010 when he went 7-8 with a 5.01 ERA in 26 combined starts between High-A Kinston and Akron (127.2 IP, 120 H, 15 HR, 72 BB, 105 K).
De La Cruz has never been able to recover from the sprain of his UCL in his left elbow which sidelined him for almost all of the 2009 season. Even though he was coming off of injury the Indians still rostered him after the 2009 season, but his command has never returned as he has struggled with locating his pitches and has allowed 129 walks in 213.2 innings the last two seasons (5.4 BB/9). If he clears waivers, and he probably will, the Indians will still control him for the 2012 season.
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