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Ambriz activated, Smith demoted

By sstorm Published: April 30, 2010

The Indians activated right-handed picther Hector Ambriz from the 15-day disabled list today while optioning right-hander Joe Smith to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster.

The Tribe selected Ambriz, 25, from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the December Rule V Draft. But he developed a case of right elbow tendonitis during spring training and went on the disabled list March 31 (retroactive to March 27th).

Before being activated, Ambriz made seven rehab outings at Columbus where he was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA. In eight innings he limited opponents to one run while scattering nine hits. He struck out 15 batters compared to issuing just one walk.

As well as he's pitching now, fans can probably expect some jitters, as Ambriz will be making his Major League debut.

Smith struggled in nine ppearances with the Indians so far this season, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In seven innings, he allowed six runs on seven hits and walked more batters (six) than he struck out (five).

However, former Indian Charles Nagy is the pitching coach in Columbus this season, so this demotion could be the best thing to happen to Smith right now.


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