The Indians had claimed pitcher Deolis Guerra off waivers from the Pirates on Wednesday, but they’ve rescinded it on Friday due to a pre-existing knee injury as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates placed Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.
Guerra, 26, has a 6.48 ERA with a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings at the big league level for the Pirates this season. He’s had better results with Triple-A Indianapolis, as reflected by his 1.23 ERA across 36 2/3 innings.
Guerra was one of the four prospects the Mets sent to the Twins in Feburary 2008 in the Johan Santana trade. The others included Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, and Kevin Mulvey.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.