After years of middling success, Joba Chamberlain had a bit of a bounce-back in 2016 with the Indians. He signed with Cleveland as a non-roster invitee heading into the season, but he managed to win a roster spot out of spring training. He rewarded the Cleveland-faithful by posting a strong 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 20 appearances out of the major league bullpen, although things went south after he incurred an intercostal strain, as the Indians ultimately designated him for assignment in early July. The former top prospect was unable to find another organization during the remainder of the season, but after signing a minor league deal with the Brewers over the offseason, Chamberlain could be in the mix for another low-leverage bullpen role heading into 2017.
Chamberlain was released by the Brewers on Wednesday. Chamberlain, who registered a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings with the Indians last season, attended Brewers camp as a non-roster invitee, but the team couldn't find enough opportunities in Cactus League play for him to stake his claim to a bullpen spot. The 31-year-old will try to latch on with another organization, but may have to settle for a minor-league deal.
Chamberlain signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The former top prospect spent the first half of the 2016 season with the Indians, but he was designated for assignment in July after dealing with various ailments in the prior months. Chamberlain certainly isn't as highly touted as he once was, but he was able to compile a 2.25 ERA and an 8.1 K/9 during his brief time in Cleveland, so there's a chance he could land a spot in an inexperienced Milwaukee bullpen.
Chamberlain declined his Triple-A assignment and is now a free agent, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports. Chamberlain pitched 20 innings for Cleveland this season and posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. His designation was bit of a surprise after having a good season, but he'll likely find a new team before long.
Chamberlain was designated for assignment by the Indians on Monday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. In a flurry of roster moves, Cleveland DFA'd both Chamberlain and lefty specialist Tom Gorzelanny, calling up relievers Mike Clevinger and T.J. House to take their respective spots on the 40-man roster. It's a bit surprising to see Chamberlain let go in this manner, as he had accumulated a 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 20 frames of middle relief. He had pitched in two of the last three games, however, so the need for a fresh arm prevailed.
Chamberlain (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday. Chamberlain returns to the Indians almost immediately after he was eligible to come off the disabled list. He suffered an intercostal strain in late May that landed him on the shelf, but prior to that injury, the veteran was enjoying a resurgent 2016 campaign. In 14 appearances, Chamberlain had posted a 1.93 ERA with a microscopic .86 WHIP before suffering the injury. He'll rejoin the Indians' bullpen Wednesday while Cody Anderson will be sent back down to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.
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