Indians Designate Rick VandenHurk For Assignment

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 20: Rick VandenHurk #54 of the Baltimore Orioles throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park September 20, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians designated right-handed pitcher Rick VandenHurk for assignment today. The move was made to make room for Jairo Asencio, a pitcher acquired from the Atlanta Braves earlier today.

After VandenHurk was released by the Orioles in February, the native of the Netherlands signed with the Blue Jays soon after. The Indians signed him off waivers eight days ago. Vandenhurk was competing for a spot in Cleveland's bullpen, but instead newly acquired Asencio will compete with Frank Herrmann, Nick Hagadone, Dan Wheeler, Jeremy Accardo, and Chris Ray for one of the final two spots.

VandenHurk made 17 starts for the Marlins in 2007 as a 22-year-old, but has mostly fallen off the map since then. Although he made 11 starts in 2009, he's appeared in just 13 games in the past two seasons. Only 3 of them as a starter. VandenHurk owns a 5.97 ERA in 181 career innings pitched.

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