Hagadone returns to bigs with family watching

Hagadone returns to bigs with family watching

Hagadone returns to bigs with family watching
SEATTLE -- When Nick Hagadone learned he was heading back to the big leagues, that was special enough. The fact that he was going to be joining the Indians in his hometown of Seattle made the promotion all the more memorable.

"It was perfect," Hagadone said.

On his first day back in the Tribe's bullpen -- Hagadone spent nine games with Cleveland last season -- the 26-year-old lefty was pressed into duty earlier than expected. With starter Justin Masterson struggling, and the Indians faced with an 8-1 hole in the fourth inning on Tuesday night, Tribe manager Manny Acta put the ball in Hagadone's hands.

With his parents and wife in the Safeco Field seats, Hagadone spun 1 1/3 shutout innings, setting the tone for a strong showing for the bullpen. Cleveland relievers combined to blank Seattle's bats over 5 1/3 innings, giving the offense time to rally for a 9-8 win.

"He threw well," Acta said, "especially considering he's a hometown guy and he was pitching in front of his family. He was able to keep his emotions in check. He was a little bit scattered around the strike zone, but guys chased those pitches and he got out of it.

"He gave us a huge lift, because Masterson not being able to go deeper in the game, and Nick coming in and stopping the bleeding right there was huge for us."

Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday after the Indians placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on baseball's bereavement list. Cabrera, who is home in Venezuela, is not expected back with the team until Tuesday. In the meantime, Hagadone has a chance to show the Indians that he can help the big league bullpen.

"Ideally, we want him to be able to command his fastball better," Acta said. "But, hey, he's a guy that we feel can compete up here in the big leagues. He was one of the last cuts in Spring Training. We wouldn't be afraid to keep him up here, or to bring him up here and have him be a part of our bullpen if the situation arises."