The Indians have claimed lefty Tim Cooney from the Cardinals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. He apparently lost his roster spot as St. Louis makes some hard decisions on younger, Rule 5-eligible players.
Cooney, 25, showed a lot of promise in 2015. Not only did he debut with six solid major league starts; he also posted a strong 2.74 ERA over 88 2/3 Triple-A innings. It seemed reasonable to expect that he’d play a major role in the Cards’ rotation mix this year and beyond.
Instead, shoulder troubles prevented Cooney from pitching at all in 2016. And his health remains in question this winter, with the Cardinals suggesting he could be limited even at the start of Spring Training. But Cooney would be quite a nice asset if he can get past the bum wing, and the Indians apparently see enough of a possibility to put in a claim.