DENVER, CO - MAY 01: Pitcher Esmil Rogers #48 of the Colorado Rockies looks on as he works in relief the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on May 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Rogers gave up four runs as the Pirates defeated the Rockies 8-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The 26-year-old righty has an unsightly 8.06 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of relief for the Rockies this year, but also has an encouraging 29 strikeouts in that span. A spot starter for the Rockies in 2010-2011, Rogers owns a career 6.77 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 over parts of four big league seasons with the team.
To make room for the reliever on the Indians' 40-man roster, Triple-A catcher Luke Carlin was designated for assignment. The 31-year-old Carlin, a career minor leaguer, had a brief cup of coffee with the Tribe earlier this season, going 3-14 in four games.
Rogers is expected to join the club within the next few days. A corresponding move is still pending to free up a spot for the reliever on the 25-man roster.