The Indians reassigned Wilk to their minor-league camp Monday, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports. Wilk's slim hopes of making the Tribe's Opening Day roster were dashed after he yielded three runs on two hits and three walks in two innings during a pair of Cactus League assignments. Assuming Wilk is willing to accept the minor-league assignment, he'll likely open the season at Triple-A Columbus, working as back-end rotation filler or in long relief.
Wilk signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Saturday which includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Wilk appeared in four big-league games between the Twins and Mets in 2017, allowing 14 runs off 24 hits and nine walks over 14 innings. He was mediocre at the Triple-A level as well and will have a tough time finding a spot within the Indians' staff this spring. The southpaw will earn $560,000 if he makes the major-league roster and holds the right to opt out of this deal if he isn't with Cleveland on Opening Day.
Wilk was released Thursday by the Twins. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment last week after a spot start in which he was shelled for six runs over 3.1 innings, and will look to land a minor-league deal elsewhere. Wilk has a 9.00 ERA and 2.36 WHIP in 14 innings across his stints with the Mets and Twins this season.
Wilk was shelled in his spot start Saturday against the Indians, allowing six earned runs through 3.1 innings to take the loss. He allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out two batters and was designated for assignment after the game. The Indians got to Wilk early, scratching three runs across in the first inning, and then continued the onslaught into the fourth inning. Now that he's been designated for assignment, Wilk will be subject to waivers, but could return to the Twins despite no longer having a spot on the 40-man roster.
Wilk will pitch the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Indians, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Wilk will be added to the active roster in order to fill in for Hector Santiago (shoulder) on Saturday. With this assignment, the 29-year-old southpaw will face off with Cleveland's Ryan Merritt in the matinee, while Adalberto Mejia and Mike Clevinger will duel in the nightcap.
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