WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Scott Radinsky, hoping to make Cleveland's opening day roster as its second left-handed reliever, was waived Tuesday by the Indians.
Radinsky, 34, struggled all spring and had a 14.29 ERA in eight appearances before the Indians decided they had seen enough. The club had thought about keeping Radinsky as a lefty along with Ricardo Rincon in a set-up role.
Radinsky, who made a successful comeback from Hodgkin's disease while pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 1994, appeared in just two games for Cleveland last season after spending most of the year in the minors.
The Indians also reassigned catcher Chris Coste to the minor league camp.
In addition, the club has decided to keep right-hander Jose Mercedes around for a while. Mercedes signed a minor league deal before camp under the condition that he could leave by March 26 if the club couldn't promise him a spot on the 25-man opening day roster.
Mercedes went back to the Dominican Republic to be with his mother who is ill, but he has agreed to report to Triple-A Buffalo when he returns in five days.
Omar Olivares, who signed a deal similar to the one Mercedes has, is still in camp.