CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Just two days after announcing they would not bring back Travis Hafner and Roberto Hernandez, the Indians today activated pitchers Carlos Carrasco, Rafael Perez and Josh Tomlin from the 60-day Disabled List.
In addition, the team claimed former Royals pitcher Blake Wood off outright waivers. The moves bring the total number of players under control on the 40-man roster to 38.
27-year-old Wood missed the entire 2012 season after experiencing right elbow soreness in spring training that eventually led to reconstructive surgery on May 25.
The Georgia Tech alum was KC’s 3rd round pick in the 2006 draft and owns a 2-year Major League career record of 6-6 w/a 4.30 ERA in 106 relief appearances (119.1IP, 120H, 57ER). The hard-throwing right-hander was a mainstay in the KC ‘pen in 2011, going 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 55 games (69.2IP, 66H, 29ER, 32BB, 62K).
Carrasco is expected to be up for a starting job with the team in 2013, while Perez and Tomlin may both still be big parts of the teams bullpen, depending on the direction of new skipper Terry Francona.