Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher signed a minor-league deal with the Indians, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Thatcher, who was released by the Indians in late March, will rejoin his former team in the minors. The left-hander last pitched for the Dodgers organization in 2016 (Triple-A Oklahoma City), compiling a a 3.60 ERA with 21 strikeouts in just 15 innings. The Dodgers released Thatcher in early June. This move makes sense for the Indians as Kyle Crockett is the only left-hander in the current major league bullpen. Thatcher will most likely join the Triple-A Columbus roster.
Thatcher was granted his release from the Indians on Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Rather than sticking with the Indians as organizational depth at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a roster spot with the big club, Thatcher decided he was better served pursuing an opportunity with another team. The left-hander made 43 appearances for the Astros in 2015, logging a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 26:12 K:BB ratio over 22.2 innings.
Thatcher was informed by the Indians that he will not make the Opening Day roster, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Thatcher pitched will this spring with a 1.35 ERA and no walks and eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings but he was facing an uphill battle from the start. He'll report to Triple-A Columbus to start the season if he decides to stick with the Cleveland organization.
Thatcher agreed to a deal with the Indians on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. Thatcher spent his 2015 campaign in Houston, where he struck out 26 batters over 22.2 innings in the majors. If he cracks the final roster in Cleveland, the left-hander is likely to serve in middle relief.
The Astros have added reliever Joe Thatcher to the active roster on Tuesday. Thatcher was designated for assignment by the Astros at the end of July, and elected free agency rather than head to the minors. But, a week later he inked a minior-league deal with the Astros, and had been pitching with Triple-A Fresno. In nine games with Fresno, he posted a 1.04 ERA. To clear room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment.
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