Indians acquire Juan Salas
The Indians traded minor league infielder Isaias Velasquez to Tampa Bay for reliever Juan Salas. Salas was placed on the 40-man roster and Cleveland designated third baseman Andy Marte.
Salas, 30, spent nearly the entire 2008 season with Durham (4-5, 2.62 ERA in 28 appearances). He also made 5 appearances with the Rays over two different major league stints.
CLIPPERS TIDBIT: Juan Salas pitched the final two outs of a no hitter against the Clippers in 2006. Starter Jason Hammel began the top of the ninth inning by getting Kevin Thompson to fly out, but had trouble getting another out. He beaned Russ Johnson, then induced a would-be game-ending double play when Carlos Pena grounded to first, but teammate Wes Bankston booted the ball allowing Pena to reach. Bulls manager John Tamargo pulled Hammel in favor of Salas because Hammel’s pitch count reached 125.
Salas threw a wild pitch that allowed Johnson to score, but then struck out Mitch Jones and got Terrence Long to ground out to end the game, a 4-1 Bulls victory. It was the first Durham no-hitter since 1995.