Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Indians' version of Kevin Jones

Canton to Cleveland. Cleveland to Canton.

Kevin Jones' wandering from the NBDL to the NBA filled local transaction pages and notes columns during the Cavaliers' season.

Now, it's baseball player Nick Hagadone living a nomadic existence.

Hagadone, a left-handed relief pitcher, was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Vinnie Pestano's place in the Indians' bullpen. Pestano went on the disabled list retroactive to May 1 with an elbow injury.

This marks Hagadone's second promotion from Columbus this season. Pestano is eligible to end his stint on the disabled list on May 16, so Hagadone might want to bypass signing a long-term lease in Cleveland.

Hagadone is in one of his three option years, meaning the Indians can send him to and from Triple-A as many times as they want. Considering the Indians have a solid bullpen, it's possible Hagadone's 2013 might resemble the year Jones experienced. Jones was reassigned to Canton six times in 2012-13.  He finished the year with the Cavaliers.

Arm injuries are a major part of baseball and the Indians don't risk losing Hagadone if they send him to Columbus. He's performed at both levels. Hagadone entered Tuesday with a 2.25 ERA in nine appearances with the Indians and he hasn't allowed an earned run in four appearances with the Clippers.

As long as he's producing frequent zeros, Hagadone could be making regular trips along Interstate 71 -- north and south.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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