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Indians add RHP Rogers to roster, option LaPorta

Indians add right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers to roster to give Cleveland a full bullpen.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Indians added right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers to their roster on Wednesday before a game against the Cincinnati Reds, giving Cleveland a full bullpen for the second game of the intrastate series.


Cleveland got Rogers from Colorado for cash on Tuesday. The 26-year-old reliever went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA for the Rockies. Manager Manny Acta said the Indians are taking a chance on the hard-throwing pitcher, who has inconsistent control.


The Indians optioned infielder Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus to open a roster spot.


LaPorta was called up on June 3 and appeared in three games, going 2 for 11. He opened the season at Columbus and batted .307 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 46 games.


Cincinnati won the series opener 7-1 on Tuesday night.