Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw picked up his first save of the season on Thursday against the Cubs. Shaw was put in a save opportunity because regular closer Cody Allen enetered the game after starter Danny Salazar was pulled after just 4 2/3 innings. Shaw needed just 13 pitches to close out the ninth inning. Shaw has a 2.28 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings of work this season.
Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw is using the spring to try and work on a sinker to give himself a new weapon against left-handed batters, but the pitch has been inconsistent and caused him to fall behind in counts often, MLB.com reports. "It's first pitch to every hitter and then trying to mix it in as much as you can," Shaw said. "It's just obviously different from the way that I throw. I cut everything, so it's just trying to basically manipulate it to do something different. It's obviously not quite working." Shaw has surrendered a .745 OPS to left-handed batters in his career while limiting right-handed batters to a .566 OPS. "He's messed around with [a sinker] in the past," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "But he's never really thrown it in a game. It's just something he can throw to lefties. Obviously, he had his struggles with lefties last year. So, he's trying to figure out something he can throw away to lefties and keep it out away from them." Shaw has surrendered 12 runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings this spring.
Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw struggled to keep his pitches down Saturday, allowing two home runs in the eighth inning. He has now allowed 12 runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. "He's just up [in the zone]," manager Terry Francona said. "He's trying to get it down and, as we get further into the spring and he gets it further down, he'll be fine. He's just not there yet. The ball is coming out really good. He's just not driving it down, yet. He will."
The Indians have reached on-year agreements with reliever Bryan Shaw and starter Josh Tomlin on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Shaw has settled for $1.55 million, while Tomlin settled for $1.5 million, per MLB.com.
The Indians tendered contracts to their five arbitration-eligible players Tuesday, according to MLB.com. They are pitcher Carlos Carrasco, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, pitcher Bryan Shaw and pitcher Josh Tomlin.