From: The Indians
JOE BOROWSKI (released)
RICK BAUER (elected free agency)
Both were designated for assignment on July 4.
The Indians today signed their 3rd round selection from the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, inking INF CORD PHELPS (107th overall pick) to his first professional contract. The junior second baseman hit .351 (91-259) this season for Stanford University with 16 2B, 3 3B, 13HR and 58RBI in 63 games for the Cardinal (76RS, 41BB, 38K). The Santa Barbara, CA native led the team in walks and on-base % (.445) and was an All-Pac 10 selection at second base. He hit .389 (7-18) in 4 College World Series games w/6RS, 2 2B, 2 3B & 5RBI. He is a switch-hitter and is 6-2, 200lb. He will report to the Gulf Coast League in Winter Haven to rehab a sprained ankle he suffered prior to the CWS before moving on to Mahoning Valley. The Indians have signed 20 picks overall and 15 of their top 21 selections.
Also today, the Indians claimed RHP BRYAN BULLINGTON off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to AAA Buffalo. Bullington, 27, has pitched at AAA Indianapolis the entire season, going 4-6 w/a 5.52 ERA in 15 starts (75.0IP, 90H, 46ER, 25BB, 60K, 8HR). He was with the Pirates, but did not pitch, from May 29-June 12 and was named International League Pitcher-of-the-Week after going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA (2GS, 13.0IP, 12H, 2ER, 15K) in two starts during week of May 19-26. He was designated for assignment on July 3.
Bullington was a 1st round pick (1st overall) by the Pirates in the 2002 First –Year Player Draft out of Ball State (IN) University. He appeared in 6 Major League games with the Pirates in 2005 and 2007 (0-3, 6G/3GS, 18.1IP, 25H, 12ER, 8K) and owns a minor league career record of 49-32 w/a 3.76 ERA in 110 games/109 starts (622.2IP, 626H, 260ER). He missed half of 2005 and all of 2006 due to right shoulder surgery. The 40-man roster is at 40.