Tuesday , 30 September 2014

Indians notebook: Indians sign reliever Atchison to extension

The Indians signed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract extension for next season and a club option for 2016.

Atchison, 38, has been a versatile member of the Tribe’s bullpen in his first season with the club. He’s 6-0 with a save and a 2.95 ERA in 53 relief appearances. He has struck out 37, walked nine and limited opposing hitters to a .218 average in 55 innings.

Atchison ranks among American League relief leaders in wins (tied for second), percentage of inherited runners scored (10th at 18 percent) and relief innings (19th in 55 innings) while limiting right-handed hitters to a .214 average.

A Texas native, Atchison has a career record of 16-10 with two saves and a 3.51 ERA in 258 appearances since he made his debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.

Raburn goes on DL — Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist and outfielder Tyler Holt was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his spot on the roster.

Raburn, who has been battling soreness in his wrist most of the season, aggravated it on Aug. 13 making a diving catch against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He is hitting .191 (36-188) with three home runs and 21 RBI in 70 games.

Holt is hitting .385 (5-for-13) in six games with the Indians.

Bobby Bradley honored — Arizona League first baseman Bobby Bradley was named the Indians’ Minor League Player of the Week for the period of Aug. 11-17. Bradley, 18, hit .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, two home runs and owned a 1.333 OPS (.400 on-base percentage and .933 slugging percentage) in four games. Bradley also had 10 RBI, which was tied for the third most across all levels of Class-A Short Season baseball during that span.

Bradley was the Tribe’s third-round pick (97th overall) in this summer’s draft out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss.

In his first 34 professional games, the left-handed hitter leads the Arizona League in virtually every offensive statistical category. He’s tops in batting average (.375), home runs (seven), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.662), extra-base hits (22) and runs scored (35). His hot start also includes an Arizona League-best 16-game hitting streak compiled from July 16 through Aug. 13. During that span, he hit .419 with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 22 RBI and 19 runs.

Staff report

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