Laffey promoted for relief help in 'pen

Laffey promoted for relief help in 'pen

KANSAS CITY -- The second wave of September callups is coming for the Indians, beginning with left-hander Aaron Laffey.

With Triple-A Columbus having wrapped up an International League title on Friday night, the Tribe promoted Laffey on Saturday to add depth to the bullpen. It was not known if he'd make it to Kauffman Stadium in time to be available on Saturday.

More reinforcements will be added after Tuesday, when Columbus faces Pacific Coast League champion Tacoma in the one-game Triple-A title game. The Indians opted to add Laffey, who has converted back to relief work following a bout with shoulder fatigue, now so that they can ease the stress on some other arms in the 'pen.

"It's good for him and good for us to be able to have more bodies back there," manager Manny Acta said. "We'll be able to lessen the workload for some guys."

Laffey was reinstated from his rehab assignment and optioned to Columbus on Aug. 31. After opening the season in the bullpen and getting optioned out in late May to get stretched out as a starter, he had been in the Tribe rotation from June 25 through July 19, before the shoulder fatigue, which caused a noticeable dip in velocity, forced a DL stint.

Acta said Laffey's velocity is back in the upper 80s. Laffey didn't allow a run in his three appearances with the Clippers. He is 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 total appearances with the Tribe this year.

"He hasn't been pitching as much as in the past," Acta said. "He's not going back-to-back [days] too much or pitching multiple innings."