Tribe claims Swindle from Rays
The Indians claimed left-hander R.J. Swindle off waivers from the Rays today and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus, bringing the 40-man roster total to 34.
The 26-year-old Swindle wasn’t with the Rays long. He was plucked off waivers by Tampa Bay from the Brewers on Aug. 7, only to be designated for assignment the following day. While in the Brewers’ organization this season, Swindle split his time between Triple-A Nashville and the big-league club. He went 3-1 with two saves and a 1.03 ERA in 31 relief appearances for Nashville, walking 13 and striking out 41 in 43 2/3 innings. In six appearances with the Brewers, he gave up 12 runs on 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work for a 16.20 ERA.