#Indians select contract of RHP Joe Martinez from Triple-A Columbus; option RHP Matt Langwell to Columbus.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 29, 2013
Every reliever pitched for the Indians yesterday, and so the Indians had to have a fresh arm in case (haha) Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't go deep into the game today. So, with a 40-man roster spot open after DFAing John McDonald, the Indians recalled Clippers longman Joe Martinez.
Joe Martinez has pitched over 1,000 minor-league innings, but only 50.2 major-league innings. He's never been a prospect, but he's stuck around in various organizations for this long because he's a been a useful longman for a minor-league bullpen. Did your top prospect suddenly get called up and you need a spot starter? Joe Martinez is your man. Do you need someone to eat some innings in a blowout? Joe Martinez is the man for the job. Now, his ERA in Columbus this year is over 6, but again, that's because he's been used/abused in a role that nobody would have much success in. So in one way this callup is a nice reward to a pitcher that's been a good organizational soldier.