CLEVELAND (AP) - Needing some help for their overworked bullpen, the Cleveland Indians purchased the contract of right-hander Dave Elder from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.
Elder, acquired from Texas in December for controversial closer John Rocker, spent 2½ months at Double-A Akron before being sent to Buffalo on June 12.
With the Bisons, the 26-year-old Elder went 1-0 with four saves and a 2.04 ERA in 11 appearances.
Chad Paronto, who appeared in 26 games for the Indians, was optioned to Buffalo.
The Indians' bullpen got a workout during a four-game weekend series against the New York Yankees, and Cleveland manager Joel Skinner wanted to bring up someone to help the club right away.
Paronto, claimed off waivers from Baltimore in December, went 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA.
"Chad has been pitching well," Skinner said. "He just has some flexibility within the roster."
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