GOODYEAR, Ariz. — (AP) Bryan Shaw has pitched his way back into Cleveland's bullpen.
The 33-year-old right-hander, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians this offseason, was told that he will make the club's opening-day roster. Manager Terry Francona revealed the news to the media on Wednesday.
"I told Bryan, 'You're home,' and he said 'I know,'" Francona said. "We're happy. We're happy for him, but we're also happy for ourselves, because I think we all feel like he’s really going to help us."
Shaw was a dependable reliever from 2013-17 with the Indians with 378 appearances during that stretch, and Francona didn't hesitate to use him on consecutive days. He signed with Colorado as a free agent in 2018 and spent two years there before being released last offseason, having posted a 5.61 ERA in two seasons with the Rockies.
Shaw appeared in six games in 2020 for the Seattle Mariners, but allowed 12 earned runs across only six innings. He came into Indians camp determined to show he had something left, and has shown the Tribe everything they wanted to see.
"It was awesome," Shaw said of making the team. "I mean, I kept giving him some crap every day, walking by Tito's office, saying, 'Hey, we got a meeting today?' for the past week or so, trying to see if they'd tell me one way or another."
Across 10 outings this spring, Shaw has a 2.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts across 9 2/3 innings. His fastball has also reached speeds in the upper 90s.