The Indians announced Thursday that reliever Bob Wickman will not throw a baseball for the next four…
Wickman to be examined
The veteran reliever pitched only a few innings of rehabilitation work in the minors in 2003, but came to camp in good spirits and ready to reclaim his role as the team's closer.
"He had some discomfort in his elbow," pitching coach Carl Willis said. "Right now, it just looks like soreness from his rehab."
Wickman was looked at by team doctors, who found no damage Monday, but Schickendantz will take a closer look Tuesday.
David Riske, who went 7-for-7 in save opportunities at the end of last season, would take over the closer's role if Wickman is not ready.
The Indians also acquired two other relievers with closer's experience in the off-season. Right-hander Jose Jimenez, who had 20 saves (in 23 chances) for Colorado and lefty Scott Stewart, who had 17 saves for Montreal in 2002, were obtained to beef up the bullpen.
If Wickman could not start the season, that would open a spot in the bullpen. Rafael Betancourt and Jack Cressend are designated for middle relief roles and could be joined by rookie right-hander Kazuhito Tadano, former Padres right-hander Luther Hackman, or lefty Cliff Bartosh.
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