Slowey pitching in Dominican winter ball

Slowey pitching in Dominican winter ball

CLEVELAND -- The Indians acquired Kevin Slowey last offseason with the hope that he could provide some experienced depth for the rotation. A season-ending injury cost Slowey his chance of making it back to the big leagues.

With only eight Minor League starts to his credit for 2012, Slowey will continue his comeback with Azucaeros del Estes in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

Slowey, 28, went 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Columbus before a stress fracture in his rib cage prematurely ended his season. The right-hander earned $2.75 million ($1.5 million paid by Cleveland) in 2012 and will be eligible for arbitration again this winter, making him a non-tender candidate for the Tribe.

Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA for the Twins in 2011, but that poor showing followed a solid three-year showing with Minnesota. From 2008-10, Slowey went 35-20 with a 4.36 ERA across 73 big league appearances.

Slowey is just one of Cleveland's winter ball participants for the coming months. Outfielder Tim Fedroff (Aguilas Cibaenas), infielder Juan Diaz (Estrellas Orientales) and pitcher Fabio Martinez (Toros del Este) will also be playing winter ball in the Dominican.

Cleveland's participants in the Puerto Rican Winter League include: right-handers Rob Bryson (Criollos de Caguas), Matt Langwell (Gigantes de Carolina) and Joseph Colin (Gigantes de Carolina); left-hander Giovanny Soto (Gigantes de Carolina); and catcher Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez).

In the Venezuelan Winter League, infielders Gregorio Petit and Jesus Aguilar, and right-hander Hector Rondon will suit up for Leones de Caracas. Right-hander Toru Murata will be playing for Navegantes del Magallanes.