CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians are trying to fix some of the issues that are causing the team to not be able to hit or pitch.
The Tribe made on the field move Thursday making Ruben Niebla the interim major league pitching coach. He replaces Scott Radinsky.
Niebla is in his 12th season in the Indians organization, having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
In 2011 the Clippers captured the Triple-A Championship while posting their lowest team ERA (3.94) since 1992. The 2012 Columbus pitching staff currently owns an ERA of 3.91 which is sixth lowest in the International League. Five members of the current major league staff pitched under Niebla’s tutelage for AAA Columbus over the last two campaigns.
Niebla, 40, has been a pitching coach within the Indians Player Development System since 2001 and spent the 2010 season as an assistant to the major league coaching staff.
He played professionally for six seasons from 1995-2000 in the Expos and Dodgers organizations and pitched collegiately at Azusa Pacific.
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