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Righty Mastny returns from Japan

Mastny returns from Japan

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Tom Mastny is back from the Far East. He's earned the last of his yen and hopes to return to the Tribe bullpen.

The Indians have signed the right-handed Mastny to a Minor League contract. He'll report to early Minor League camp Tuesday.

Mastny pitched for the Yokohama Bay Stars in the Japanese Central League last season, going 1-5 with a 5.69 ERA in 15 games. The Indians sold his contract to Yokohama in the winter following the '08 season.

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The 29-year-old Mastny was a member of the Tribe bullpen for parts of the 2006-08 seasons, compiling a 9-5 record, 6.13 ERA and five saves in 80 appearances along the way. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

No matter what happens from this point, Mastny will probably best be remembered for his stellar 4 2/3 innings of scoreless work in Game 2 of the 2007 American League Championship Series, taming a potent Red Sox lineup and allowing the Indians to mount a comeback win.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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