Quote of the Day: Erik Bedard didn’t want to get “dry-humped”

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When Erik Bedard started to warm up in last night’s game I and the group who was watching the game wondered if, since he’s slated for the Houston rotation, he was merely getting some throwing in or something.  Of course he came into the game and pitched a three-inning save.

But Bedard himself was somewhat worried about not being able to actually pitch last night. And noted it in colorful terms, quoted by the Houston Chronicle:

“I knew that if I would warm up in the game I was going in. … I didn’t want to get dry-humped and stuff,” Bedard said.

Totally, Erik. No one would have wanted that.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.