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Sept. 1 comes in handy as Indians restock bullpen

The Sports Xchange

The Indians, who are making roster moves on an almost daily basis because of numerous injuries, made a couple more Thursday before their 7-0 loss to Oakland.

The Indians placed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list and recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Class AAA Columbus. Also recalled from Columbus was right-handed reliever Corey Kluber.

The roster moves were made not only because it was Sept. 1, the date major league rosters can be expanded. The moves were also made because the Indians were short-handed in their bullpen, thanks to a 16-inning marathon Wednesday night.

The Indians were short in their bullpen for that game, with key relievers Rafael Perez and Vinnie Pestano unavailable because they had been used a lot in the previous few games. That made covering 16 innings even more challenging for manager Manny Acta.

Acta caught a break because all of the relievers he used in the 16-inning game pitched well. The five relievers Acta used in the game combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings. But having to use five relievers left Acta short on Thursday.

Thursday's blowout did give Acta a chance to get a look at Hagadone, who made his major league debut. Hagandone has been considered one of the key players in the package of prospects the Indians received from Boston in the 2009 trade of Victor Martinez.

Hagadone is a hard-throwing left-hander who had been a starter, but has been moved to the bullpen.

In his debut Thursday, Hagadone pitched better than his numbers indicate. He was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings, but Acta liked the rookie's poise when he was brought into the game in a tough situation, with the bases loaded and none out, and pitched out of it with one run scoring.

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