With both Chris and Rafael Perez attempting to come back from injury, Vandenhurk is expected to compete for a spot in the Indians bullpen.
To make room on the roster for the Dutchman, 23-year-old left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz--who was re-acquired for cash considerations last week--was designated for assignment by the Indians for the second time in a little over a month.
Vandenhurk has pitched parts of five seasons with the Marlins and the Orioles, amassing a 5.57 ERA in 181 innings spread over 46 appearances. Primarily a starter in his first three seasons, Vanderhurk has made only 13 appearances at the big league level over the last two seasons, only three of those as a starter.
Earlier this week the Indians expressed interest in bolstering their bullpen with free agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez, but seem to have found a cheaper, younger option in VandenHurk.
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Kelvin de la Cruz, who was traded by CLE to Texas and then back to Indians, now designated for assignment by Indians.