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Cleveland Indians activate relief pitcher Tommy Hunter from disabled list

The Indians bullpen just got a lot better.

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The Cleveland Indians have activated relief pitcher Tommy Hunter from the disabled list, the team confirmed through Twitter. To make room for Hunter on the 25-man roster, the Indians have also designated left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler for assignment.

Hunter was signed this offseason to a one-year deal worth $2 million. He was one of 18 relievers the Tribe brought to camp this spring, and will be one of only a handful to make it to the major-league team.

Although Hunter was coming back from a core muscle injury that would sideline him to start the season, the Indians could not resist the upside of the 29-year-old reliever who has showed flashes of being a great reliever the past three seasons. There were even reports that he was on the verge of signing a $12 million deal before worries about his injury deterred the New York Yankees.

In eight relief appearances with the Columbus Clippers this season, Hunter has allowed just seven hits and one earned run while striking out four.

Ross Detwiler was one of the many relievers brought in by the Tribe this offseason, but he has become mostly expendable with Kyle Crockett finding his way back into the bullpen to be the team's lefty option. Detwiler allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings of work this season.