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Tribe adds fourth new reliever

By Sheldon Published: July 2, 2009

 The fourth new relief pitcher in less than two weeks is about to join the Indians' bullpen. ¶
   Tampa Bay dealt 32-year-old right-hander Winston Abreu to the Tribe on Thursday in exchange for right-hander John Meloan and cash. ¶
   Abreu is headed for the 25-man roster, so someone will have to be lopped off the club to make room for him, though the team has not specified when Abreu will be activated. ¶
  Signed by the Rays to a minor-league contract in February, Abreu spent spring training in major-league training camp. ¶
   He was assigned to Triple-A Durham, where he compiled a 3-0 record with 10 saves and a 1.41 earned-run average, appearing in 23 games. He limited batters to a .128 average and struck out 49 in 32 innings. ¶
   On June 14, he was called up to Tampa and pitched twice, giving up on run, three hits and two walks in 32/3 innings before being designated for assignment on June 27. 
   In 2008, Abreu pitched for the Chiba Lotte Lions in Japan, posting a 1-2 record and 3.32 ERA in 20 outings before undergoing surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in June. Abreu also has pitched for Washington and Baltimorwe. His major-league record: 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 35 appearances. ¶
   Meloan has pitched in 25 games for Columbus, compiling a 5.52 ERA in 44 innings, including two starts. ¶
   Chris Perez, Jose Veras and Mike Gosling were all acquired to pitch in the Tribe bullpen the past two weeks. ¶
   TEMPORARY SLOWDOWN? -- Eric Wedge thinks the Tribe offense is experiencing only a minor slump, having averaged only 2.6 runs and compiling a .195 batting average the past five games. ¶
   ""I think we're going to be a good offensive club the second half,'' the manager said. ""I don't expect the offense to be clicking right nows, but I do expect it to click soooner than later.'' ¶
   Wedge believes the problem is that Asdrubal Cabrera, Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner are still trying to scrape the rust off their swings after being sidelined with injuries. ¶
   OTHER STUFF -- The Tribe has lost eight of its past nine games at Progressive Field and 13 of  its past 15 overall. *elip  Jeremy Sowers, who took the loss against the White Sox Wednesday night, is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA against Chicago for his career. *elip Victor Martinez snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a double Wednesday night. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Andy Marte went 4-for-4 with a double and his 10th homer of the season, but Columbus lost to Toledo 12-4. Jordan Brown also his his 10th home run and doubled, raising his average to .326. Marte lifted his average to .319. ¶

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