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Indians Pickup Righty Pitcher A.J. Cole Off Waivers From the Yankees

The Indians have another potential arm on their roster, as the team today claimed right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from the New York Yankees.

The 27-year-old spent most of the 2018 season with the New York Yankees after opening the campaign as the fifth starter for the Washington Nationals.

With the Yankees, he posted a 4.26 ERA in 28 relief appearances (38.0IP, 39H, 18ER, 16BB, 49SO), fanning 11.6 batters per 9.0 innings.

Cole went 1-1 with the Nats with a 13.50 ERA before he was purchased by the Yankees on April 24th. He owns 54 Major League appearances since debuting with the Nats in 2015 and possesses a career Minor League ERA of 3.94 in 161 games/155 starts.

He was the Nationals fourth round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was later acquired by the Oakland Athletics (Dec. 2011) and sent back to the Nationals in exchange for Blake Treinen prior to the 2013 campaign.

The Indians Major League Roster now stands at 39 players.

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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