MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland's bullpen continues to be among the most taxed in all of baseball. But manager Manny Acta isn't concerned due to the bevy of arms available to him after September callups.
Indians relievers combined to throw five-plus innings on Saturday for the second straight game and the 19th time this season. They entered Saturday's game with 177 1/3 relief innings pitched since the All-Star break, the third-most in baseball over that span. Cleveland's 437 relief innings on the season ranked as the sixth-most in baseball.
But with the call-ups of Scott Barnes, Frank Herrmann, David Huff, and Scott Maine, Acta has 11 pitchers in his bullpen.
"Those guys, when it comes to appearances and innings pitched, compared to last year, they're good," he said. "Now in September with the addition of those guys [call-ups], we're able to lower the amount of workload for those guys."