KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Cleveland reliever Paul Shuey was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, finally giving the Indians injury-plagued pitching staff some good news.
Shuey’s return to the Indians came just a day after the club said he was still having pain following arthroscopic surgery May 30 on his right hip. The right-hander has made two one-inning appearances for Double-A Akron since his surgery.
Shuey tore a labrum in his hip and went on the disabled list May 24 _ one of seven Indians pitchers on the DL. He wasn’t expected to be back until after the All-Star break but made a speedy recovery.
Shuey’s injury was as costly as any for the Indians because he serves as a late-inning bridge to Cleveland closer Steve Karsay. Without Shuey, Indians manager Charlie Manuel has been forced to use Karsay in the eighth inning several times.
The 29-year-old Shuey is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 games this season/ He allowed one hit and one earned run in his two appearances in Akron.
To make room for Shuey, the Indians designated left-hander Alan Newman for assignment. Newman allowed three runs in 1 1-3 innings in Cleveland’s 13-2 loss to Detroit on Monday night. It was his lone appearance for Cleveland this year.