The Cleveland Indians released reliever Tommy Hunter on Thursday, making the veteran reliever a free agent.
The move was officially announced by the club prior to the team’s four-game series opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.
Hunter was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 17 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, which came as the result of reportedly slipping on a set of stairs while carrying his son at home during the All-Star Break.
The team had reportedly told the 30-year-old righty, who had recently made a few Minor League rehab appearances, that they would not be activating him from the DL until rosters expanded in September.
A few days later, the reliever was released, opening a spot on the club’s 40-man roster.
Hunter posted a 3.74 ERA in 21 appearances for Cleveland this season. The reliever signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Indians prior to the 2016 campaign.