GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Terry Francona didn’t want to get ahead of himself. In some cases that can transpire in the early days of spring training when items are tranquil and not significantly is occurring.
At the end of previous yr, when Francona talked about possible changes in the bullpen, he outlined Jon Edwards, a September phone-up from Class AAA Columbus. Edwards produced nine appearances, placing out 10 with 4 walks in 8 2/3 innings.
Edwards’ September arrival and departure did not seem to be all that crucial. Francona, nevertheless, termed him a “sleeper” relating to the 2019 time.
On Sunday, he was asked about the 6-5, 235-pound Edwards all over again.
“I will be surprised if he doesn’t do seriously well,” stated Francona. “You do not want to proclaim too significantly. But I imagine in my 1st yr in this article I stated Corey Kluber is positioned to have a fairly good yr. Perfectly, you know what, he was.
“I imagine Jon Edwards, from where by he’s been, the way he works, the way he functions, the way he conducts himself, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t do fairly well.”
Edwards, 31, skipped the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Tommy John medical procedures on his suitable elbow. Signed by the Cardinals in 2006 as an outfielder, he was produced in 2010. He signed with Texas in 2011 and they converted him to a pitcher.
He produced his large league debut with the Rangers on Aug. 14, 2014. Four months afterwards he underwent medical procedures for testicular cancer.
The Indians signed him to a insignificant league deal previous yr on March 22. Departed nearer Cody Allen played a position in the signing by sending movies to the Indians of Edwards pitching. Allen and Edwards labored out jointly previous offseason.
Edwards struck out 64 batters in 47 1/3 innings previous yr at a few distinct degrees for the Tribe — Class AA Akron, Columbus and the large leagues.