(6/8/2008) The Indians have recalled SP Jeremy Sowers to start Cleveland's game Sunday in Detroit. It will be Sowers' third start for the Indians this season. He last made a spot start on May 16 against Cincinnati, pitching five innings and giving up three earned runs in a no-decision. He was returned to Triple-A Buffalo the following day. Sowers has gone 3-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 10 starts for Buffalo. To make room, the club sent RP Brian Slocum to Buffalo. Slocum was brought up on June 4, but didn't appear in a game for the Indians.
Slocum added to Indians roster
(6/4/2008) The Indians shuffled their pitching staff again, calling up right-handers Brian Slocum and Rick Bauer from Triple-A Buffalo before Wednesday night's game against Texas. To make room on the roster, Cleveland optioned right-handers Tom Mastny and Jensen Lewis to Buffalo.
(3/13/2008) Indians SP Brian Slocum had to leave in the Braves' two-run first inning Wednesday after straining his right groin. Slocum missed most of last season with Triple-A Buffalo because of an elbow problem. He said he began feeling tightness in his groin during warmups, but tried to pitch through it. He allowed the two runs and two hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Indians need spot No. 5 option
(6/10/2007) Jeremy Sowers was demoted to Triple-A, but Jake Westbrook (side) apparently isn't ready to replace him in the rotation. He needs another rehab start. "We're not sure (who's starting) yet (Thursday)," manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com. "That's as truthful as I can be. We've got to evaluate and look at all of our options down there." Westbrook might be available to rejoin Cleveland's rotation next week. Left-hander Jason Stanford, who was in the Indians' rotation to start the '03 season before needing Tommy John surgery, is 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA at Triple-A Buffalo. Other starting options are right-handers Jeff Harris (2-4, 6.02 ERA in 11 starts), Sean Smith (5-3, 4.35) and Bubbie Buzachero (2-2, 3.96) and Jake Dittler (3-1, 5.23) and left-hander Aaron Laffey (2-3, 5.46 in five starts). Also, right-hander J.D. Martin (2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in Double-A) is an option.
Slocum has setback in minors
(5/8/2007) Cleveland right-hander Brian Slocum, on the short list to be called up if the Indians have another injury to their rotation, has been shut down at Buffalo for seven to 10 days with a sore right elbow.
Indians make some more cuts
(3/20/2007) Cleveland optioned right-hander Brian Slocum to Triple-A Buffalo and reassigned outfielder Trevor Crowe, right-hander Jeff Harris, left-hander Tony Sipp and catcher Wyatt Toregas.
Slocum has slight rotation chance
(3/14/2007) Right-handers Brian Slocum and Adam Miller are other alternatives to fill Cliff Lee's (oblique) spot. Slocum has pitched only one inning after straining his left hamstring early in camp. The Indians would prefer not to rush Miller, a first-round pick in 2003 who was 15-6 at Double-A Akron in 2006.
Slocum, Adam Miller in running
(3/12/2007) The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Brian Slocum and Adam Miller could fill in for injured starter Cliff Lee (abdominal) if Fausto Carmona doesn't take advantage of the opportunity.
Tribe looking elsewhere for closer
(9/30/2006) Manager Eric Wedge does not believe the Indians' closer for 2007 is on his current roster. The club is planning a massive overhaul of its bullpen this offseason, and the Indians' No. 1 priority is finding someone to finish games. Wedge characterized this year's free-agent class of closers as "thin." "It's going to a tough task for us to find that guy," said Wedge. General manager Mark Shapiro will have more money to spend in free agency, but that didn't help the Indians last winter when relievers Trevor Hoffman and B.J. Ryan rejected their multiyear offers. Wedge, though, is confident Shapiro and assistant GM Chris Antonetti will get him the arms he needs. "I trust in our creativity and the way Mark and Chris go about trying to create options for us," he said. "We're going to have to look at everybody and got after it as best we can."
Slocum strong in no-decision
(9/29/2006) Indians SP Brain Slocum, making his second career start Friday, allowed one run and eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Slocum OK in first start
(9/23/2006) Indians SP Brian Slocum got a no-decision in his first major league start, leaving after four innings even though the Indians had stretched their lead to 6-1 in the fifth. His first six appearances had come in relief. Slocum allowed one run and four hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Slocum to make first start
(9/23/2006) RHP Brian Slocum makes his first major league start Saturday night. He's made six relief appearances.
Slocum to get start Saturday
(9/20/2006) RHP Brian Slocum will start Saturday at Texas, and manager Eric Wedge was unsure what pitch count Slocum would have. It won't be his only start in the season's final stretch, either. The Indians like Slocum, who began the season with Triple-A Buffalo and is in his second stint in the majors this year, as a reliever and starter and still aren't sure what role he will fill in 2007. "He's capable of doing either one," Wedge said. "It's more on what we need."
Slocum will get some starts
(9/13/2006) Manager Eric Wedge said rookie RHPs Fausto Carmona and Brian Slocum will pitch in LHP Jeremy Sowers' rotation spot the rest of the season. Sowers made his final start Tuesday.
Indians add six to roster
(9/5/2006) The Indians recalled RHP Fausto Carmona, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, OF Franklin Gutierrez, LHP Rafael Perez and RHP Brian Slocum from Triple-A Buffalo of the IL. Also, they purchased the contract of LHP Juan Lara from Buffalo.
Brian Slocum headed to Buffalo
(5/3/2006) Brian Slocum was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room on the Cleveland roster for C.C. Sabathia, who was activated off the disabled list.
Brian Slocum headed to Buffalo
(5/2/2006) C.C. Sabathia (abdominal strain) will be activated off the disabled list to make his second start of the season Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.
Slocum likely Buffalo-bounds
(4/28/2006) Brian Slocum, who made his major league debut April 22, is likely to be sent back to Triple-A Buffalo over the weekend when Fernando Cabrera (bruised right heel) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
(4/21/2006) Reliever Rafael Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday by the Cleveland Indians, who now have four pitchers out with injuries. He strained his upper back in Wednesday's loss to Baltimore. The right-hander had a 6.43 ERA in a team-high eight relief appearances. Right-hander Brian Slocum was called up to replace Betancourt. Slocum, 25, recorded a 1.93 ERA and a save in five relief appearances at Triple-A Buffalo. He will be making his major league debut.
Slocum shipped to Buffalo
(3/15/2006) The Cleveland Indians optioned RHP Jake Dittler, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Brian Slocum and LHP Jason Stanford to Buffalo of the IL. They also optioned INF Michael Aubrey and LHP Rafael Perez to Akron of the EL. Reassigned C Javi Herrera, LHP Tony Sipp and LHP Jeremy Sowers to their minor league camp.
Cleveland signs five players
(2/24/2006) MLB.com reports the Cleveland Indians have signed Rafael Betancourt, Andrew Brown, Jake Dittler, Brian Slocum and Kelly Shoppach for the 2006 season.