Trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the Indians today claimed right-hander Blake Wood on waivers from, the Royals.
Wood, 27, missed the entire 2012 season with an elbow injury that eventually required surgery. Wood began to feel pain in his right elbow during spring training and was told he needed reconstructive surgery, which he had on May 25.
In the two previous seasons, Wood made 106 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 6-6 record and 4.30 earned-run average in 119 innings. He was an important part of the Kansas City relief corps in 2011, when he went 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 55 games, throwing 692/3 innings.
Wood was the Royals’ third-round pick in the 2006 draft out of Georgia Tech.
In other moves, the Tribe activated right-handers Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco plus left-hander Rafael Perez from the 60-day disabled list.