Burba Rejoins Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) - Dave Burba, who re-signed with Cleveland last week after being released by Texas, is back in the Indians' bullpen after the club purchased his contract Tuesday.

Burba signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Aug. 7, returning to the team he pitched for from 1998-2001.

He had been with Double-A Akron but was activated in time to join the Indians for their three-game series in Tampa Bay. To make room for Burba, the Indians optioned right-hander Jason Beverlin to Triple-A Buffalo.

Burba, 36, signed with the Rangers during the off-season after the Indians decided to pass on his option for 2002.

With Texas, Burba went 4-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 23 games, but was taken out of the starting rotation and moved to the bullpen when the Rangers wanted to evaluate some of their young pitchers.

Burba won 15 or more games for three straight seasons with the Indians, but he struggled to a 10-10 mark with a 6.21 ERA in 32 games last year.

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