Friday, February 1, 2013
Indians bullpen snapshot
By Jason A. Churchill
The Cleveland Indians added some potential depth for the bullpen Thursday by inking veteran Matt Capps to a minor league contract with an invite to big-league spring training. Capps has experience closing, having notched 138 saves over seven-plus seasons, but spent much of last season on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, making just 30 appearances.
The Indians will start the season with Chris Perez as the closer and fellow right-hander Vinnie Pestano the main setup man. After that the roles aren't entirely clear, nor are the names that will head to Cleveland come April.
Matt Albers figures to be on the club come Opening Day, as does sidewainder Joe Smith, but the rest of the bullpen, likely three more spots, is up in the air. Left-hander Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes could be battling for one slot.
Others competing include former left-handed starter David Huff and right-handers Blake Wood, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen and Frank Herrmann.
Capps is joined on the non-roster invitee list by a crop led by southpaw Scott Kazmir. The 29-year-old Capps, if healthy, figures to have a decided advantage entering Cactus League play. If he makes the club, he'll likely share late-inning setup duties with Pestano and spell Perez in the ninth inning on occasion.