GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There is an opening in the Indians' bullpen and the club is introducing another arm into the spring competition.On Wednesday, MLB.com confirmed that the Tribe has agreed to terms with reliever Carlos Torres on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, pending the
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There is an opening in the Indians' bullpen and the club is introducing another arm into the spring competition.
On Wednesday, MLB.com confirmed that the Tribe has agreed to terms with reliever Carlos Torres on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, pending the completion of a physical. Torres will give the club 13 pitchers in camp as non-roster invitees. The club has not confirmed the deal.
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Last season, the 35-year-old Torres posted a 4.21 ERA with 56 strikeouts against 33 walks in 67 appearances (72 2/3 innings) with the Brewers. The right-hander has a 3.43 ERA and 4.29 Fielding Independent Pitching over the past two years combined with Milwaukee, logging 155 innings within 139 outings.
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For his career, Torres has a 4.00 ERA in 348 games between stints with the White Sox, Rockies, Mets and Brewers.
As things stand, the Indians' bullpen projects to include Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Dan Otero, Zach McAllister, Nicholas Goody and Tyler Olson. Lefty Ryan Merritt (out of Minor League options) is a candidate for a job, along with a long list of other pitchers in camp this spring.
Guyer sustains setback
Outfielder Brandon Guyer has a scheduled appointment on Thursday with the doctor who performed his left wrist surgery (extensor tendon repair) in October. Guyer had hoped to get the go-ahead to resume hitting. Now, the conversation will take on a different tone.
Indians manager Terry Francona said that Guyer felt discomfort in his wrist during Tuesday's workout. The outfielder underwent an MRI exam and will go over the results and come up with a plan with the help of his surgeon, Dr. Don Sheridan.
"He was out in the outfield just playing catch and he actually felt it," Francona said. "We want the doctor to look at him, just to see the best course of action. Do you kind of plow through? Do you take a step back? And until he gets examined, we just don't want him to do something if he can potentially make it worse."
Miller was back in camp on Wednesday after missing the previous two workouts due to the flu. Miller said he was feeling much improved, but the reliever took things slow and is slated to return to the mound on Thursday. Said Francona: "There's no reason to go from zero to 100 and set him back for a week."
Francona once again plans on having Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes split the catching duties this season. "We're fortunate we have two catchers," Francona said. "They both kind of want to be considered the No. 1. I get it. My guess is that it'll kind of work itself out."
Center fielder Bradley Zimmer, who was sent home on Tuesday due to illness, was also back with the team on Wednesday morning.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.