Laffey to return to Tribe in relief role

Laffey to return to Tribe in relief role

CLEVELAND -- When Aaron Laffey comes back from left shoulder fatigue, he'll do so as a reliever.

The Indians don't see the point in stretching Laffey back out as a starter at this late juncture of the season. Laffey, who began the season in the Tribe bullpen and transitioned back to starting work on late May, has been on the disabled list since July 23 with the fatigue, which he has said is attributable to the midseason role change.

Laffey, who threw a bullpen session Friday, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at Class A Lake County.

Manager Manny Acta said he hasn't seen enough of Laffey as a starter to determine whether that's his true future, but he does like him as a reliever.

"He's able to give us multiple innings, and he can face lefties and righties with that sinker he has," Acta said. "But versatility is good for our organization."

Laffey is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 appearances, including five starts, this season.