Molleken was optioned back to Triple-A following Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Molleken didn't see any action in his short stint with the Tigers, but he was the roster casualty for the team's recall of Daniel Norris for Thursday's start. The 31-year-old Molleken will continue his work at Triple-A still in search of his first major league appearance.
Molleken was called up from Triple-A Toledo, John Wagner of The Blade reports. Molleken has a 3.76 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 38.1 innings pitched. The reliever will likely join the bullpen and be used for organizational depth.
Molleken signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday. Molleken had a solid year with Triple-A Columbus, making 40 appearances and holding a 3.25 ERA in 52.2 innings. While his 52:27 K:BB ratio was good but not great, the 31-year-old provides the type of Triple-A middle relief help teams need to help fill out their rosters and minor league systems.
The Indians announced Monday they optioned pitcher C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus. They also reassigned seven players to minor-league camp, including top prospect Francisco Lindor. Also sent to minor-league camp were infielder Audy Ciriaco, outfielder Destin Hood, pitcher Dustin Molleken, catcher Adam Moore, pitcher Bryan Price and pitcher Michael Roth.
The Indians signed pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor-league contracts Tuesday. Both players received invites to major-league spring training as non-roster invitees.