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Indians Add Reliever Oliver Drake to Teams’ 25-Man Roster

In yet another attempt to find a reliever that can help with their bullpen woes, the Tribe today added newly acquired relief pitcher Oliver Drake to the teams’ 25-man roster.

The team made the move in time for the teams’ Tuesday night affair with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team that the Indians dealt with to get Drake.

To add Drake to the roster, the team optioned Alexi Ogando back to Triple-A Columbus.

The 31-year-old Drake owns a four-year Major League career record of 5-5 with a 4.49 ERA in 102 relief appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles since debuting in 2015 (102.1IP, 104H, 51ER, 115SO).

He opened the 2017 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a 1-0 mark with a 6.39 ERA in 11 relief outings (9ER/12.2IP) before being designated for assignment on May 1st.

He will attempt to help out an Indians bullpen that’s been the subject of a lot of criticism as of late for not being able to keep teams in check.

Sunday against the Yankees the combo of Cody Allen and Dan Otero imploded to blow a 4-2 Indians lead in the 8th inning, as the team was swept following a 7-4 loss in the Bronx.

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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