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Rockies Trade RHP Esmil Rogers To Indians For Cash

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Pitcher Esmil Rogers #48 of the Colorado Rockies looks on as he works in relief the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on May 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Rogers gave up four runs as the Pirates defeated the Rockies 8-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Pitcher Esmil Rogers #48 of the Colorado Rockies looks on as he works in relief the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on May 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Rogers gave up four runs as the Pirates defeated the Rockies 8-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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CINCINNATI (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies for cash, hoping the reliever can get turned around in the American League.

The trade was completed shortly before the Indians started a three-game series against intrastate rival Cincinnati on Tuesday. A roster move will be made when Rogers joins the team.

Rogers went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in 23 appearances for Colorado this season. The Rockies were out of options on the 26-year-old pitcher.

He’ll join a bullpen that ranks third-to-last in the AL with a 4.05 ERA.

The Indians also designated catcher Luke Carlin for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster. The 31-year-old catcher has spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus, batting .231 with two homers in 23 games.

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