CLEVELAND -- Nick Hagadone is plenty familiar with I-71, as the highway that connects Cleveland and Columbus has been a road frequently traveled by the left-handed reliever. Nevertheless, he has settled in nicely with the Indians this year.
Hagadone auditioned for a bullpen spot in Spring Training, when he posted a 2.53 ERA in nine appearances. That performance wasn't enough to earn him a Major League roster spot, but it has spurred the southpaw to a good start.
"Spring Training was really big for me," Hagadone said. "Every outing I had was important. I had a chance to make the team and I didn't, but I felt like I did well and it helped me to start the year strong."
The Indians recalled Hagadone on April 27 to replace Rafael Perez, who landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Now in his second stint with the Tribe this season, Hagadone has allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings. With Perez expected to miss another few weeks, Hagadone said he feels relaxed, knowing he has at least that long before he has to shuttle back to Triple-A Columbus, if he does at all.
"I know that I have that set amount of time I'm going to be here," Hagadone said. "I just want to go out every time and show them that I belong here."