CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians’ bullpen has logged one more inning than the starters over the past four days, and with that in mind, Cleveland added some additional depth to the relief portion of their roster, promoting right-hander Perci Garner from Triple-A Columbus prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Indians optioned right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong to Single-A Lake County. Armstrong will be eligible to return to Cleveland once the Captains’ season ends on Sept. 5.
The 27-year-old Garner gets the call to the Majors after posting a 1.83 ERA in 41 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season. In 27 1/3 innings with the Clippers, the graduate of Dover High School and Ball State University owns a 1.63 ERA and has held right-handed hitters to a .127 batting average.
Garner was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Cleveland moved catcher Yan Gomes to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Garner on the 40-man roster. The team’s only other open spot was taken by outfielder Coco Crisp, who the Indians officially acquired on Wednesday morning.
Gomes, meanwhile, is eligible to be activated from the DL on Sept. 16.
Anyone on the 40-man roster is eligible to be called up to the active roster for the final month of the season when MLB rosters expand on Sept. 1.