The Indians sign Jhoulys Chacin, DFA Shaun Marcum

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The Indians announced a bit ago that they have signed Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league deal. They also designated Shaun Marcum for assignment and called up catcher Brett Hayes from Columbus.

Chacin was released by the Rockies late in spring training, after he struggled in four appearances in which he allowed seven runs on 16 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. He missed most of last year with a bum shoulder. In 2013 he posted a 3.47 ERA and a 126/61 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings, so it’s no gamble to see if he can be a useful starter.

After missing almost all of 2014 and spending what little he did pitch in 2014 in the minors, Marcum signed another minor league deal with Cleveland. He has made one appearance for the Indians thus far this year, allowing one run in five innings in mopup work on in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday.