With the September 1st roster expansion tomorrow, the Indians will use that opportunity to add a significant number of pitchers to their staff. Manager Terry Francona announced the schedule of player additions this afternoon, per Paul Hoynes.
From the left side, they’ll add Nick Hagadone and Clay Rapada. From the right side, Vinnie Pestano, Preston Guilmet, C.C. Lee, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, and Blake Wood. Newly-signed catcher Kelly Shoppach and infield prospect Jose Ramirez will be added to get the team up to 15 hitters following the additions of Jason Kubel and Matt Carson this week.
Guilmet, Hagadone, Wood, Shoppach and Ramirez will arrive Sunday. Rapada will arrive Monday with Pestano, Lee, Tomlin and Carrasco arriving Tuesday.
The pitching staff will be 20 strong, which is needed given the short pitch counts for both starter Danny Salazar and the soon-to-be-returning Corey Kluber, who could pitch as soon as Friday. Ramirez is the only one of the group without prior major league experience, and Pestano, Lee, Hagadone, Guilmet, and Carrasco have all been with the team at some point this season while Tomlin was on the major league 60-day disabled list.
To make room for Shoppach and Ramirez, the team designated outfielder Tim Fedroff and infielder Juan Diaz for assignment. Both spent the year at Triple-A Columbus. Diaz played in five games with Cleveland last season, but he was hitting just .242/.317/.348 this year with 45 RBI. Fedroff was also hitting .242 with 48 RBI and 22 stolen bases.