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Indians activate reliever Albers from restricted list

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CHICAGO -- Indians reliever Matt Albers was activated from the restricted list on Monday after tending to a family issue for the better part of the past two weeks.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said it was important for Albers to know that the team puts family first during tough times.

"That's what we told him," Francona said. "He understands completely that he had our blessing to be at home, and our thoughts and our prayers always with him, and hopefully even our actions. We welcome him back. At the same time, we will think about his wife and his family. Hopefully now, this is where these guys can help him."

Albers was originally placed on the paternity list to be with his wife, who experienced complications with her pregnancy. The right-hander was later transferred to the medical emergency list before the Indians added him to the restricted list instead of activating him this past weekend.

Albers, who was acquired this offseason from Arizona, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA over five innings in four appearances out of the bullpen.

The Indians designated Fernando Nieve for assignment on Monday to clear room on the 40-man roster for Albers. Nieve, 30, was promoted this weekend from Triple-A Columbus when Brett Myers was placed on the 15-day disabled list, but he has not appeared in a Major League game this year.

Albers was home in the Houston area for 10 days and threw at a local high school to keep his arm in shape while away from the Indians.

"He's ready to go," Francona said.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. MLB.com reporter Brian McTaggart contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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