CLEVELAND -- Nick Hagadone was caught off guard by both promotions to the big leagues this season. Standing at his new locker inside the Indians' clubhouse on Friday afternoon, the left-handed reliever said the latest surprise was how soon he returned to Cleveland.
It had only been five days since the Tribe sent him back to the Minor Leagues.
"I didn't expect to come back so quick," Hagadone said. "I unpacked everything and then packed it back up [Thursday] afternoon to come back here."
The Indians recalled the 26-year-old Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus to replace left-hander Rafael Perez, who was placed on the 15-game disabled list with a left lat muscle injury on Wednesday. With no timetable established for Perez's return, Cleveland will get a long look at what Hagadone can offer for the big league bullpen.
Hagadone and Tony Sipp are the only left-handers in the 'pen at the moment.
"He's the second lefty out of the 'pen," manager Manny Acta said. "I trust him now to come out and do those type of things [that Perez did]. Plus, it looks like he's going to be here for a while with Raffy out. So we might as well test him out."
Hagadone -- acquired from the Red Sox as part of the July 31 deal that sent Victor Martinez to Boston -- was previously with the Tribe from April 17 through Sunday, while shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was on baseball's bereavement list. Hagadone posted a 2.70 ERA in three relief outings for Cleveland and has also spun 7 1/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Columbus this season.
Last year, Hagadone posted a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings for the Indians down the stretch.
"He's got the stuff. We all know that," Acta said. "He works extremely hard. He's always eager to learn and to get better and has never taken a step back. Every time he goes down tot he Minor Leagues, he knows what he has to do. When he asked to do it, he does it.
"He's pretty close to being a very good Major League pitcher. He was just working on the command of his pitches. But, the stuff is there. When you've got stuff like he has, you can get away with some of those mistakes up here."