Milbrath was returned to the Indians on Tuesday and optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

Milbrath was selected by the Pirates in the Rule 5 draft, but his poor spring showing (an 8.64 ERA with eight walks in 8.1 innings) caused Pittsburgh to return him to Cleveland rather than stash him on their major-league roster. Though the 26-year-old righty will open the year in Columbus, he could be up in the big leagues at some point this season in a lower-leverage role out of the bullpen.

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