Graves gone, Betancourt returning soon

The Indians organization obviously has seen enough of 32-year-old reliever Danny Graves. The club has designated him for assignment and is recalling Fausto Carmona to replace him in the bullpen. Graves, who had a 5.79 ERA in 13 appearances, never got into a consistent rhythm this season. As for Carmona, he has been up once before when he filled in for Sabathia in the rotation. Although the Indians feel Carmona’s role with the team in the future will most likely be in the rotation, they really have no choice and need somebody to stop the bleeding in the bullpen.

“We’ll work him in somewhere in the middle,” said Wedge. “We’re looking to get the bullpen in shape. For us it’s a need right now.”

Rafael Betancourt may be joining the club in the next few days. Out for nearly a month with an upper-back strain, Raffy will go on a rehab assignment Sunday and may return in time for Tuesday’s game.

These two moves may not solve our bullpen issues but it’s a start. Betancourt coming back is a big plus and Graves, well, he had to go. I’m just surprised it took them this long to cut him loose.

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