CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan)- The Cleveland Indians have optioned first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta back to Triple-A Columbus to make room for relief pitcher Esmil Rogers on the 25-man roster.
LaPorta was called up by the Indians last month to take the place of outfielder Johnny Damon while he was on paternity leave. LaPorta played in three games with the Indians, in which he had two hits, one run and one strike out in 11 at-bats.
LaPorta will be out of minor league options after this season, meaning the team can move him on and off the 25-man roster throughout the rest of this season. If LaPorta remains with the team in 2013, once he is placed on the Major League roster, the team will not be able to send him to the minors unless he is designated for assignment.
Rogers has joined the team in Cincinnati, and will be in uniform for Wednesday night’s game against the Reds. He was acquired by the Indians from the Colorado Rockies on Monday, in exchange for cash considerations. The Indians now have eight relief pitchers in their bullpen.