Shuey Returns, On Minor-League Deal
Paul Shuey ... back with the Indians.
Paul Shuey ... back with the Indians.
Indians Ink
Posted Jan 28, 2005


The Indians brought back another player hoping to revitalize his career Friday when they signed Paul Shuey to a minor-league contract.

The 34-year-old right-hander will be invited to the major-league training camp, but how much he will be able to contribute remains in doubt.

The reliever missed the entire 2004 season after rupturing a tendon in his right thumb during spring training. While on rehab for his thumb, he had a hip injury that required season-ending surgery on July 28.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring back Paul to our organization," general manager Mark Shapiro said. "He is a person and player who made a very positive impact in his time here. It is our hope that his return will have the same positive impact.

"We will have to gauge where he is (physically) this spring and make plans accordingly."

Shuey spent 11-plus seasons in the Indians organization after being selected by the Tribe with the second overall selection in 1992 out of the University of North Carolina.

He made his big-league debut for Cleveland on May 8, 1994, against Baltimore and went on to pitch in 361 games for the Indians, going 34-21 with 21 saves and 3.60 ERA, striking out 450 in 404 2-3 innings.

He was traded to Los Angeles on July 28, 2002, for veteran left-handed pitcher Terry Mulholland and young right-handers Francisco Cruceta and Ricardo Rodriguez.

When he returned to Jacobs Field with the Dodgers for an inter-league series in 2003, Shuey said that he missed Cleveland and someday hoped to return to play for the Indians.

"I've got a good situation in Los Angeles, but when I walked into this ballpark it hit me that this is home," Shuey said then. "All the memories of the great games with those great Indians teams came flooding back. It was kind of overwhelming.

"If I get called to pitch, I'm going to do my best to beat Cleveland, but baseball is funny in that you never know what the future holds. If by some chance I have the opportunity years from now to come back to Cleveland, I sure would enjoy that."

ANOTHER INVITATION: Earlier this week, the Indians announced they had signed outfielder Darnell McDonald to a minor-league contract with an invitation to the major-league camp.

McDonald, 26, spent most of the 2004 season at Class AAA Ottawa, hitting .234 (96-for-410) with 32 doubles, seven homers and 44 RBI. He spent four stints at the big-league level with Baltimore (5-for-32, .156, in 17 games).

McDonald was the Orioles' first -round draft pick in 1997 (26th overall) out of Cherry Creek High School outside Denver, where he was a high school teammate of Indians catcher Josh Bard. McDonald has a career minor-league average of .259 with 157 doubles, 27 triples, 41 homers, 332 RBI and 127 stolen bases in 793 games. His older brother, Donzell, has played professionally for 10 seasons and was a 2002 spring invitee with the Indians.

SCOUTING OVERSEAS: The Indians also hired Jason Lee to a newly-created position of Pacific Rim Scout. Lee spent 10 years scouting for the Atlanta Braves organization. During his tenure with the Braves the native of Seoul, South Korea, helped sign right-handed pitching prospects Jung Keun Bong and Sung Ki Jung.

HELPING OUT: The Indians raised $30,315 for local charities through silent auctions on memorabilia in the cities visited on the 2005 Press Tour. The Indians will match that figure to support the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Here are the charities the team supported from the 2005 Press Tour:
Greater Cleveland American Red Cross; Toledo YMCA; United Way of Erie County; World Vision (Tsunami Relief); Tod Children's Hospital; United way of Ashtabula; Mid-Ohio Food Bank; United Way of Lorain County; Dr. Barber National Institute; Fostoria Junior Baseball and Softball; Akron American Heart Association; Mansfield Friendly House; Canton Rotary Charitable Fund; Dover Big Brothers/Big Sisters.


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