Monday, April 12, 2021 1:23 PM EST
By TOM WITHERS, AP
CLEVELAND (AP) — Emmanuel Clase (pronounced clas-AY') may have closed the case to be Cleveland's closer. The right-handed reliever has been impressive so far for the Indians. Clase's first pitch of the season was registered at 101.3 miles per hour and he has thrown 36 pitches over 100 mph. That's more than all Cleveland pitchers combined since 2008. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic was suspended by baseball for all of last season for a failed drug test. He is making up for lost time and has given Indians manager Terry Francona a unique weapon in his bullpen. Clase has recorded two saves and while he hasn't been formally named the team's closer, he appears to have won the job.