Indians Claim Vinny Rottino; DFA Chris Schwinden

June 13, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Vinny Rottino (33) scores a run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Mets won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tribe Replaces One Former Met with Another

The Cleveland Indians have claimed infielder/outfielder Vinny Rottino off of outright waivers from the New York Mets:

In a corresponding roster move, the Indians have designated right-hander Chris Schwinden for assignment.

Rottino, 32, signed as a free agent with the Mets in November, hitting at a clip of .182/.308/.394 over his 33 at-bats with the club this season. He owns a career line of .188/.282/.319 over parts of five seasons in the majors spanning 69 at-bats.

Rottino has spent most of the season with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate where he’s posted a line of .307/.361/.479 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 25 RBIs over his 140 at-bats.

Schwinden also started the season with the Mets, but he was released after being shelled for 13 runs on 15 hits and three walks over his 8 2/3 innings of work. He spent a short time with the Toronto Blue Jays before he was picked up by the Indians. Over his 67 innings in Triple-A this season, Schwinden has maintained an ERA of 5.87 and a WHIP of 1.435.

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