The Cleveland Indians have designated right handed pitcher Shaun Marcum for assignment.
Marcum, 33, accepted an assignment to Triple-A at the end of Spring Training but was called on up Sunday to make a spot start. In that appearance he allowed one run over five innings.
Marcum did not pitch at all at the big league level in 2014. Back in 2013 he appeared in 14 games for the New York Mets posting a 5.29 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He will be viewed purely as rotation insurance by any team willing to take a risk on him.
The Indians are designating Marcum for assignment in order to put catcher Brett Hayes on the active roster. Hayes will serve as the backup to Roberto Perez for the time being. Yan Gomes is sidelined with a knee injury. Hayes is a career .209/.252/.353 hitter at the big league level.
The Indians also signed right handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league deal. let go by the Colorado Rockies near the end of Spring Training it did not take the 27-year-old long to find a landing spot. He dealt with a rotator cuff injury last season and was limited to 63 1/3 innings of work. The Indians expecatations for him will be tempered but he replaces Marcum as experienced minor league depth.