Aquino aboard; Sipp, Kobayashi headed to Columbus

In addition to purchasing the contract of Sunday’s starter, David Huff, and outrighting right-hander Masa Kobayashi to Columbus, the Indians have also purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Greg Aquino and optioned left-hander Tony Sipp back to Triple-A Columbus.

Kobayashi has accepted an assignment to Columbus, so he’ll remain in the organization.

Aquino joined the organization as a Minor League signee and invitee to Spring Training camp. He has 135 Major League relief appearances under his belt with the Diamondbacks, Brewers and Orioles, compiling a 2-4 record and 5.40 ERA with 17 saves. He’s struck out 132 and walked 72 in 138 1/3 innings.

The 31-year-old Aquino had some shoulder issues at Columbus this year but allowed just one run on one hit in eight innings over eight outings. He saved four games in as many chances. Triple-A batters hit just .042 (1-for24) off him, and left-handers were 0-for-12. He was on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis from April 16 to May 6.

Sipp appeared in nine games for the Tribe since his April 22 callup from Columbus. He provided a boost to the bullpen early in his tenure with the Tribe but has battled control problems in his last three outings. In all, he compiled a 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 innings of work, striking out nine and walking eight.

UPDATE: To make room for Aquino on the 40-man, Scott Lewis was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

1 Comment

Sipp started off really well, but I was worried in the past two games. Perhaps it was merely different guns, but in his first appearances he was topping out in the 94 mph range. Recently, he was sitting much closer to 90, to even a touch below at times. With him recovering from arm problems, I’m wondering if he was rushed and these are the results of that.

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