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Indians Pitching Improving Under New Coach

 

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The Indians couldn’t stand it any longer; the club ranked last among American League teams in runs allowed, walks issued and wild pitches, and second to last in ERA and strike outs. Clearly, there was a problem and the front office placed the blame squarely on pitching coach Scott Radinsky who was relieved of his duties on Wednesday. Radinsky, who took over the role as pitching coach in the offseason, was unable to get any consistency from the Tribe’s pitching staff and watched his starting rotation fall apart over the last month and a half. Of the five men who made up the Tribe’s rotation after the All-Star break, only Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez remain and neither man is pitching up to their potential this season.

The Indians turned Radinsky’s duties over to Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Ruben Niebla, a 12-year veteran of the Indians organization and someone who youngsters such as Zach McAllister, Cory Kluber and Josh Tomlin are familiar with in the minor leagues. Niebla’s presence has delivered some results as the Indians’ staff has pitched well in their first three games against the Boston Red Sox. The rotation will receive a boost on Wednesday as Roberto Hernandez will start for the Tribe against the Angels, it will be Hernandez’s first start of the season after missing the past seven months while he was detained in the Dominican Republic after being found guilty of falsifying his identity. Hernandez pitched for the Indians under the name Fausto Carmona for the last five seasons and was presumably 28 years old this season; however it was revealed in the identity investigation that he is actually 31, a scenario that allowed the Indians to completely restructure his original $5 million contract that he received following the end of the 2011 campaign.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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