Minor Moves: Matt Langwell, Tomo Ohka

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves from around the league…

  • Right-hander Matt Langwell has signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League,  MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reports (Twitter link).  Langwell made his Major League debut in 2013, posting a 5.14 ERA, 7.7 K/9 and 1.71 K/BB rate in 14 relief innings with the Indians and Diamondbacks.  He made the move from Cleveland to Arizona as the player to be named later in the Jason Kubel trade.  Langwell, who turns 28 next week, was originally the Tribe’s 11th-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft.
  • Right-hander Tomo Ohka, who was released by the Blue Jays at the end of Spring Training, has signed with the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish, reports Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). The 38-year-old right-hander spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors, most recently with the Indians in 2009. In his big league career, the Japanese hurler posted a 4.26 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 1070 innings. Back in February, Ohka spoke with the Toronto Star about his late adoption of a knuckleball to attempt to revive his career and return to the Majors. He’ll now try to parlay a strong showing with the Bluefish into a look from a big league club.


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