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Cleveland Indians: One reliever let go as another returns

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The Cleveland Indians decided to let go of a reliever today, although that man was not Josh Tomlin. He remains on the roster on the DL.

The Cleveland Indians bullpen is a mess. Things are so bad it may be giving fans heart attacks.

A move was made in the bullpen today, but it was not the one fans may have wanted to see.

2017 standout Tyler Olson, and his 7.27 ERA, is back and Marc Rzepczynski is gone before we even got to get familiar with him again.

This move means Josh Tomlin is still a member of the Indians. The loyalty is real.

Nick Goody and Andrew Miller are still on the disabled list, so perhaps those returns will lead to Tomlin losing his spot. Unless he remains on the disabled list for an extended period of time. Then he can still be a clubhouse leader, if that is why he is being kept around in the first place, without taking up a spot in the bullpen.

As for Olson, his start to 2018 has been disappointing. He was a star last year when he logged 20 scoreless innings. He has already allowed 14 earned runs in 17.1 innings this season. He has not appeared in a game since June 16, so perhaps the time away will spark some more dominance. If not, he may not be on the major league roster once the trade deadline passes.

Olson will surely get an opportunity to prove himself before the deadline. But if the team does the right thing and acquires a few new relievers, Olson won’t make the cut if he continues at the pace in which he started the season.

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Knowing this team, Olson would be demoted before Tomlin and the fans would riot. Not that everyone isn’t already bent out of shape after Tuesday’s collapse.