DETROIT -- The CC Sabathia trade left the Indians with an open spot on their 25-man roster, which they will fill on Wednesday with reliever Juan Rincon. As for who will take Sabathia's rotation spot in the short term, that remains a mystery. Rincon, the former setup man for the Twins who was signed to a Minor League deal last month, went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four appearances for Triple-A Buffalo. He struck out four and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.
The Twins cut the 29-year-old Rincon after he put up a 5.44 ERA over the last two seasons. Before 2007, though, he was a reliable late-inning arm, posting a 2.93 ERA between 2003 and '06. Manager Eric Wedge sounded encouraged by the reports on Rincon, if not the numbers. "He's showing a good arm, a good slider," Wedge said. "He has tremendous late-inning experience, and this is a good opportunity to get him in the mix." But the Indians have another roster move looming, as they'll need a starter for Saturday's game against the Rays. Fausto Carmona (left hip strain) threw another bullpen session on Tuesday and should be ready for a simulated game Thursday, followed by a rehab assignment. But he won't be ready to rejoin the Indians until after the All-Star break, so a spot starter is needed for at least one outing. Contrary to previous reports, that starter won't be veteran Jeff Weaver, who was signed to a Minor League deal last week. The Indians want Weaver, who was cut by the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville on June 11, to get some innings under his belt before he's considered as an option. Left-hander Dave Huff (2-2, 3.79 ERA), who jumped from Double-A Akron to Buffalo earlier this season, is also not an option, since the Indians don't want to over-accelerate his development. That leaves right-handers Matt Ginter (6-6, 4.27) and Dan Reichert (1-3, 4.40) and left-hander John Halama (4-2, 5.66) as possibilities for the Saturday start. Or, as Wedge described the candidates, "guys who have been around for a while."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.