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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher | #48

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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Indians activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list.
Hunter got a late start to the season following core muscle surgery, but he's ready to go now. He could fill an important role in the middle innings for the Tribe. Apr 29 - 2:52 PM

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Tommy Hunter (abdomen) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

Hunter has been expected to be out until mid-May after abdominal surgery, but that he's already starting a rehab assignment suggests he could be ready before that. He'll be used in middle relief once activated.
Apr 8 - 12:09 PM

Indians placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal injury.

Hunter underwent core muscle surgery over the offseason and is not expected to join the Indians' bullpen until mid-May. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Tribe in mid-February.
Apr 4 - 3:47 PM

Tommy Hunter (abdomen) will throw an inning in a minor league game Sunday.

It will be his first appearance this spring after having core muscle surgery over the offseason. Hunter is expected to be sidelined until mid-May.
Mar 27 - 12:47 PM

Tommy Hunter (abdomen) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday for the first time this spring.

Hunter is making his way back from core muscle surgery and might not be an option for the Indians until sometime in May. The right-hander signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with Cleveland in mid-February.
Mar 7 - 10:32 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Tommy Hunter (core muscle) could be sidelined until the middle of May.

Hunter was signed to a one-year $2 million deal this week after his agreement with the Yankees was voided due to a failed physical. He'll spend the first couple of months of the season on the disabled list before joining the Tribe's bullpen.
Feb 20 - 3:07 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Yankees voided a multi-year agreement with reliever Tommy Hunter due to a failed physical.

Sherman said the team and Hunter had agreed on a two-year deal for between $11.5 and $12 million but that the team "backed out because they were uncomfortable with the results of Hunter's physical." It's noteworthy because the Yankees were the only team to not sign a major league free agent this winter. Hunter instead found a one-year, $2 million deal with the Indians. Tribe manager Terry Francona indicated Hunter's recovery from core muscle surgery -- surely the cause of the Yankees' hesitation -- will likely require him to start the season on the disabled list.
Feb 18 - 4:45 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona hinted Thursday that Tommy Hunter (abdomen) will likely open the 2016 season on the disabled list.

Hunter signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with Cleveland last week, but he's still recovering from core muscle surgery and will apparently miss part of April. The 29-year-old right-hander struggled down the stretch last season with the Cubs and remains somewhat of a question mark leading into the 2016 campaign. He had a 2.88 ERA in 147 innings with the Orioles between 2013-2014.
Feb 18 - 2:50 PM

Indians signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Hunter's ERA was up last season at 4.18, but he had a sub-3.00 mark each of the previous two campaigns after a full-time move to the bullpen. The 29-year-old is recovering from core muscle surgery but should be ready to go by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Feb 12 - 5:31 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are having "advanced" talks with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Topkin adds that a deal doesn't appear close and that Hunter is talking with other teams. The 29-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs and is coming off core muscle surgery, but he's arguably the best free agent reliever left on the board.
Feb 11 - 5:58 PM

Free agent RHP Tommy Hunter is rehabbing from core muscle surgery.

It's unclear how far along he is in the recovery process, but the surgery is probably what has kept teams from pursuing Hunter this offseason. The right-hander had a rough year in 2015 but he can still bring the heat (his fastball averaged 96.2 mph last year) and has shown to be a capable late-inning arm throughout his career. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported Hunter could be a possibility for the Rays.
Feb 11 - 9:06 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.

Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal.
Feb 6 - 11:23 PM

Rich Dubroff of CSNmidatlantic.com reports that free agent reliever Tommy Hunter is holding out for a two-year contract.

Dubroff hears that Hunter has "intrigued teams," but this explains why he's still on the market. The 29-year-old posted a mediocre 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs, but he still showed very good control and he had a 2.88 ERA over 128 appearances between 2013-2014. He could be a useful piece somewhere.
Jan 26 - 11:24 AM

Rich Dubroff of CSNMidAtlantic.com reports that the Indians, Tigers, and Padres are among the teams showing interest in free agent right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Hunter posted an underwhelming 4.18 ERA in 60 1/3 innings of relief this year between the Orioles and Cubs, but he showed pretty good command (47/14 K/BB ratio) through the run-control struggles and he was excellent for Chicago in 2014. Teams are likely viewing him as a low-risk, potentially-high-reward bullpen addition. This is one- or two-year deal territory.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Tommy Hunter from the Orioles in exchange for OF Junior Lake.

Hunter, who is a free agent after the season, holds a 3.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 44 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll help out the Cubs in a middle relief role. Lake is in the minors now but could get a look as an occasional corner outfielder.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Chris Gimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
3Michael Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Austin Adams