DENVER -- The Indians will try to unlock the mystery of right-hander Esmil Rogers. The Rockies sent Rogers to the Indians on Tuesday for cash considerations. Rogers, 26, was 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in 23 relief appearances this season.
The numbers don't begin to explain a maddening pattern of showing a fastball capable of 97 mph and a slider that can dominate, but within the same outing, melting down and not being able to halt the damage.
"I can't sit here and tell you I have the answer to that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We've seen hints of brilliance from him and the highs and the lows. The middle ground part of it is something he hasn't reached. Will that surface? Time will tell." The Rockies designated Rogers for assignment Saturday to make room for left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis.