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The Indians are calling up a pitcher named C.C. Lee -- seriously

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The newest member of the Indians' bullpen is C.C. Lee. (USATSI)
The newest member of the Indians' bullpen is C.C. Lee. (USATSI)

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CC Sabathia won a Cy Young award for the Indians in 2007. Cliff Lee won a Cy Young award for the Indians in 2008. Now the Tribe is calling up a right-hander named C.C. Lee for their weekend series against the Royals. No, really.

In this case, C.C. is short for Chen-Chang. The 26-year-old signed with Cleveland out of Taiwan for $400,000 in 2008. He pitched for Taiwan in both the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In 16 relief appearances across three minor-league levels this season, he has a 2.57 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

Baseball America, in its 2013 prospect handbook, ranked Lee as the team's 10th-best prospect before the season, saying he is a "potential big-league set-up man" thanks to unusually high velocity from a low arm slot. This will be his first taste of the big leagues.

I'm sure I'm not alone, but I can't help but wonder what other prospects the Indians are hiding in the minors. Manny Belle? Grady Thome? Bartolo Pestano? There's bound to be more. C.C. Lee is a name of Cleveland Indians destiny.

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