CLEVELAND – A winded Indians bullpen gained a new middle reliever prior to Friday’s series-opener against the Detroit Tigers.
The Cleveland Indians promoted RHP Nick Goody from Triple-A Columbus after the 25-year-old hurled 4.1 shutout frames in three dominant minor league outings. Goody struck out 10 of the 17 hitters he faced while holding the opposition to a meager .133 batting average.
“This is a good opportunity for him,” said manager Terry Francona. “I thought he and Shawn (Armstrong) both, of that group, had by far the best springs. We told Nick that.”
Since being traded from the New York Yankees for a player to be named in December, Goody has been cruising right from the outset. He made an early impression this spring and registered a 0.90 ERA in 10 superb Cactus League outings – 10 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 11 K.
In a corresponding move, the Tribe optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Triple-A Columbus. Aside from a five-run debacle in Arizona last Saturday, Armstrong pitched his way through 4.1 scoreless innings to register an 8.44 ERA and earn his first big league victory on April 5. Just over a week later, the North Carolina native received word of his demotion after tossing a career-high 49 pitches on Thursday vs. Chicago.
“He understood, he was professional,” Francona said. “The last thing you want is for a kid to go to Triple-A and not do well because they’re either mad or you know. I think he’s in a really good place.”
With Goody, Armstrong, Joseph Colon, Kyle Crockett, Carlos Frias and Perci Garner all having minor league options, it would not be a surprise to see these players pass through a revolving door between Columbus and Cleveland throughout the campaign.
“A lot of times, when you send them down, what they hear is they’re going to Triple-A,” said Francona. “It’s hard for young players to understand and I totally get it.”