Koplove Comes Up; Mujica Back To Buffalo

Mike Koplove with Arizona.

The Indians moved a couple of right-handed relievers around the organization, changing the face of their bullpen. The team purchased the contract of veteran Mike Koplove from their Triple-A farm club in Buffalo. To make roster room, the Tribe optioned young Edward Mujica back to their International League farm team. Cleveland signed Koplove to a minor-league contract as a free agent on March 29.

Koplove, 30, has spent the entire 2007 season at Buffalo. He went to spring training camp with the Florida Marlins, was released, and picked up by the Indians.

At Buffalo, Koplove had a 2-0 record, three saves and a 1.00 ERA in 17 appearances. In 18 innings, he allowed 15 hits and eight walks while striking out 14. He limited opposing batters to a .224 (15-for-67) batting average including .111 (2-for-18) with runners in scoring position. He did not give up any home runs.

Koplove has been a reliable setup man throughout his career. He has a Major League record of 15-7 with two saves and a 3.76 ERA in 217 relief outings, all with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2001-06. In 248 2/3 innings, he gave up 225 hits and 101 walks while striking out 171.

He was a key member of the Arizona bullpen in 2002 (6-1, 3.36 ERA in 55 games) and 2003 (3-0, 2.15 ERA in 31 games).

MIKE KOPLOVE'S MAJOR & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER (thru May 22)

Team

W

L

SV

ERA

G

IP

H

BB

SO

Majors

15

7

2

3.76

217

248.6

225

101

171

Minors

27

15

43

3.09

265

379.3

325

138

370


Koplove is a native of Philadelphia who was drafted by Arizona in the 29th round in 1998 out of the University of Delaware. He spent four seasons in the Diamondbacks' farm system before making his major-league debut with Arizona against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 6, 2001. He struck out three and allowed two hits and no runs over 1 1/3 innings that night.

He has started only once in 482 appearances as a professional. That came in his first year of pro ball at Lethbridge of the Pioneer League in 1998.

Mujica appeared in two games with Cleveland after being recalled from Buffalo on May 7. In four innings, he gave up four hits and two runs, striking out four without issuing a walk. Before that, he had a 2.84 ERA and six saves in 11 outings for the Bisons, where he gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out 14 over 12 2/3 innings.

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