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New hopeful enters Indians bullpen derby

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 29, 2012

GOODYEAR: It's out with new and in with the newer for the Indians.

This morning, they jettisoned Henricus VanderHurk, whom they claimed on waivers from the Blue Jays March 21. Also this morning, the Tribe acquired right-hander Jairo Asencio from the Braves for cash.

Both players are relievers. Neither was highly prized by his former team, but manager Manny Acta and General Manager Chris Antonetti obviously are not pleased with the crop of relievers vying for the final spot in the bullpen. 

Antonetti chose to phrase it another way: ""We've had a history of trying to get him before, so I wouldn't read too much into this being a reflection of those guys in camp.'' 

Vanderhurk was designated for assignment after pitching in two exhibition games and giving up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. 

There isn't much time for Asencio to make the team if he has to prove his worth in exhibition games. 

"We will factor in his track record and history,'' Antonetti said. 

Asencio was flagged two years ago for using a false identity to sign a major-league contract and was stuck in the Dominican Republic for all of the 2010 season. He will e 28 in May. 

    

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