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Jefry Rodriguez to make Indians debut Saturday

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Mike Clevinger’s replacement has been found. For now, anyway.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

Right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez will make his debut for the Cleveland Indians Saturday. According to The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Rodriguez doesn’t sound like the permanent replacement for Clevinger quite yet, as the team will reassess their options.

Rodriguez, 25, came over in the offseason as part of a deal that sent Yan Gomes to the nation’s capital. Rodriguez’s repertoire includes a sinker, change-up, curveball, and four-seamer that can reach 96 mph on occasion.

Last season in a limited role with the Nationals, Rodriguez had a 5.71 ERA and troubling 15.9 percent walk rate in 52 innings. In his lone start with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers this season, the righty allowed three earned runs and struck out four in 5.2 innings.