Rangers trade De La Cruz back to Cleveland

The Texas Rangers have traded Kelvin De La Cruz back to

Cleveland, less than a month after acquiring the left-handed minor

league pitcher from the Indians.

De La Cruz was sent back to Cleveland on Thursday for cash

considerations, the same way he had been acquired Feb. 21 by the


Cleveland had designated the 23-year-old De La Cruz for

assignment on Feb. 14 to make room on their roster after free agent

first baseman Casey Kotchman signed with the Indians. De La Cruz

spent last season at Double-A Akron, where he went 5-6 with a 4.19

ERA in 23 games, and had been the Indians organization since


Texas also optioned right-handers Wilmer Font and Matt West to

Class-A Myrtle Beach and reassigned right-hander Fabio Castillo to

Double-A Frisco.