Breaking Tribe News: Vizcaino in, Sowers Out

Giants Rockies BaseballAs predicted by WFNY yesterday, the Indians have sent LHP Jeremy Sowers to AAA Columbus to make room for the newly signed right handed reliever Luis Vizcaino.

Per the Indians official release:

Vizcaino, 34, began this season with the Chicago Cubs, recording 4 scoreless relief appearances (3.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, .154AVG) before being designated for assignment on April 23 and later released.   This spring he appeared in 12 games for the Cubs, limiting hitters to a .244 (10-41) average against with 13 strikeouts in 10.1IP (11.3K/9.0IP this spring).  He will wear #47.  He spent the 2008 season in the Colorado Rockies bullpen where he made 43 appearances and recorded an ERA of 5.28 and over a strikeout per inning pitched (46.0IP, 48H, 27ER, 49K) despite missing 2 months with a right shoulder injury.

This was a move a week in the making. Vizcaino adds another veteran arm to the embattled bullpen. You may remember him best as the guy who gave up the game winning, RBI single to Travis Hafner in the 2007 ALDS “Bug Game.” Expect manager Eric Wedge to work him somewhere in front of Rafael Betancourt and Aaron Laffey.

While Sowers has been sent down to AAA (where he belongs may I add),  another move will have to be made before Sunday’s game, which Sowers was scheduled to start. The leading candidates for the spot are David Huff (5-1, 4.35 ERA), and Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.84 ERA in five games, two starts). Huff pitched six innings on Tuesday – the same day Sowers started in Cleveland – getting a win despite allowing four runs on nine hits. Jackson’s last start was Sunday, where he was very impressive in his five innings of work (one run on two hits).

When that decision is made, expect the Masa Kobayashi experience to come to an end.