Mesa's success costs Olson job with Indians

July 18, 1995|By John Lowe | John Lowe,Special to The Sun

CLEVELAND -- One former Oriole has helped cost another his job.

The Cleveland Indians removed Gregg Olson from their roster yesterday after he had appeared in three games, none in the past two weeks.

The biggest reason the Indians don't need Olson is that Jose Mesa remains a flawless closer. He leads the majors with 23 saves and hasn't blown a save opportunity.

"I wasn't surprised," Olson said. "There's no place for me to pitch here." Olson hopes to talk with other teams. "If nothing pans out, I'll try again next year," he said.

Two other Cleveland right-handed relievers also made him expendable: Eric Plunk (4-1, 1.67 ERA) and Julian Tavarez (5-0, 1.09).

The Indians designated Olson for assignment as part of a roster shuffle.

The Indians have 10 days to trade Olson before they must release him. General manager John Hart said he would not be sent back to the minors.

"I think Gregg can pitch for another big-league club," said Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove. "I don't know if he'll ever be what he once was, but I don't think that's a question we can answer."

Olson, 28, was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings.

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