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Indians Activate Pitcher Ryan Merritt From the DL; Designate Him for Assignment

CLEVELAND – The Indians today made a tough decision with one of their feel good stories from their magical postseason run of 2016, as they activated pitcher Ryan Merritt From the disabled list, and designated him for assignment.

Zack Meisel of The Athletic tweeted out that part of the issue is that Merritt’s velocity dropped during his rehab stint at AAA Columbus, and the team only had one of two choices, add him to the roster, or DFA him.

If Merritt can make it through waivers, the team may look to bring him back, hoping to be able to work with him to be able to help his velocity.

Merritt was famous for pitching the fifth and deciding game of the ALCS back in 2016 against the Blue Jays on the road, and in that game threw 4.1 innings, not allowing a run with two hits and three K’s as the Indians cliched the AL Crown with a 3-0 win.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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