So much for the Joe Borowski era in Cleveland, as the Indians have designated their closer for assignment. The Indians desperately need to clean up their lousy bullpen and get a look at some of the younger guys.
The Indians also designated right-hander Rick Bauer, which will make room for Jensen Lewis and Brian Slocum to come back from Triple-A Buffalo.
Borowski has been dreadful this year, going 1-3 with a 7.56 ERA and four blown saves in 10 opportunities. He led the American League last year with 45 saves despite a bloated 5.07 ERA. It was the highest ERA ever for a saves leader.
Last year, I personally watched him blow a four-run, two-out, nobody-on lead at Yankee Stadium. Yes, read that again. He had a four-run lead, with two out in the bottom of the ninth with no runners on…and blew it.
The Indians will go with a closer-by-committee approach for the rest of the season. Good luck with that.