Indians Release Woodard, Acquire Minor Leaguer

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians released pitcher Steve Woodard and selected a catcher in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft Thursday.

Woodard, who was 3-3 with a 5.20 ERA in 29 games this season with the Indians, was designated for assignment last week when Cleveland signed free agent outfielder Brady Anderson.

Woodard spent the year bouncing between the bullpen and rotation this year. He came to Cleveland in 2000 in the trade that sent first baseman Richie Sexson to Milwaukee for closer Bob Wickman.

The Indians selected catcher Brian Luderer from the Oakland Athletics and did not lose any players in the Rule V draft. The 23-year-old hit .257 with 20 doubles for Double-A Midland this season. He was Oakland's 21st-round pick in the 1996 draft.

Cleveland must pay Oakland $12,000 for taking Luderer.

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