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Smith could make the bullpen even better

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The Indians used a day off Thursday to tinker slightly with their bullpen, an area of the team that has been a strength so far. The Indians optioned right-hander Frank Herrmann to Class AAA Columbus.

The corresponding move to that one is expected to come Friday, when right-hander Joe Smith will be activated from the disabled list. Smith has been out since the start of the season because of a strained abdominal muscle.

When healthy, Smith not only brings dependable production to the bullpen, but also a different look. Smith's side-arm delivery is a nice change of pace from the other relievers in the Indians' bullpen.

Herrmann, who has yet to spend a full season in the major leagues, is still a work in progress. He appeared in four games and had an 8.31 ERA.

Smith joins an Indians bullpen that has been very solid the first two weeks of the season.

Anchored by closer Chris Perez left-handers Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez, and rookie right-hander Vinnie Pestano, the bullpen has been rock solid in support of a rotation that also has pitched well.

The two Perezes, Sipp and Pestano have a combined 0.00 ERA. In a combined 21 innings over 21 appearances they have allowed no earned runs on five hits. Opposing batters are hitting a combined .072 vs. those four relievers.

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AVGJose Ramirez , 3B.318
HREdwin Encarnacion , DH38
RBIEdwin Encarnacion , DH107
OBPEdwin Encarnacion , DH.377
SLGJose Ramirez , 3B.583
RJose Ramirez , 3B107
SBBradley Zimmer , CF18
WCarlos Carrasco , SP18
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.25
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP0.87
KCorey Kluber , SP265
SVCody Allen , RP30

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