Slocum, Bauer Up; Lewis, Mastny Down
Jensen Lewis ... back to Buffalo.
Jensen Lewis ... back to Buffalo.
Indians Ink
Posted Jun 4, 2008

The Cleveland Indians recalled Brian Slocum from Triple-A Buffalo and purchased the contract of Rick Bauer from the Bisons. To clear roster room, Jensen Lewis and Tom Mastny were optioned to Buffalo. All four are right-handers and the moves give Indians manager Eric Wedge some fresh arms. Mastny started Tuesday night in place of Jake Westbrook, who is on the disabled list. Lewis pitched in relief.

Bauer has been very effective as Buffalo's closer this season, compiling a 1.54 ERA with 15 saves in 17 chances and no wins or losses. In 23 1/3 innings over 22 appearances, he allowed 17 hits and 10 walks, striking out 30.

Opposing batters hit just .200 (17-for-85) against the veteran, who was particularly effective against right-handers, limiting them to a .167 (70for-42) average.

Bauer was a non-roster invitee to Cleveland's spring training camp after being signed to a minor league contract on Nov. 11. He split the 2007 season at between Ottawa (Phillies) and Las Vegas (Dodgers), going a combined 2-6 with a 5.43 ERA and four saves in 41 appearances.

Slocum was 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA in 11 starts at Buffalo. In 49 1/3 innings, he gave up 51 hits and 30 walks, striking out 45.

Last year, he was limited to five starts with the Bisons, going 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and was sidelined by a right elbow strain for much of the season, making his last appearance on May 4.

Lewis was recalled from Buffalo yesterday and gave up two runs in three innings of relief in a 12-7 loss to the Texas Rangers. On the year with the Indians he is 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 21 outings.

Mastny was recalled from Buffalo for the second time this season on June 2 and lasted only 1 1/3 innings last night in his first MLB start, giving up six hits and five runs.

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