CLEVELAND -- Six years ago, Bryan Bullington was the first overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
On Thursday, he was a waiver-wire pickup by the Indians.
The Indians claimed the right-handed Bullington and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo after he was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 3. Bullington had gone 4-6 with a 5.52 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this year. He was with the Pirates for two weeks before his designation but did not appear in a game.
Bullington, 27, was the No. 1 pick out of Ball State University in 2002. He appeared in six games with the Pirates in 2005 and 2007. In his Minor League career, he was 49-32 with a 3.76 ERA in 110 games, including nine starts.
Bullington missed half of the 2005 season and all of 2006 because of right shoulder surgery.
The Indians' 40-man roster is now maxed out.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.