Cleveland activates Shane Bieber from IL to start against White Sox

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has activated right-hander Shane Bieber from the 60-day injured list for a start Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Bieber, who won the AL Cy Young Award last season, hasn't pitched since June 13 because of a strained right shoulder.

Bieber is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 starts. He will likely throw 60 to 65 pitches in his return. He made two minor league rehab assignments this month. Bieber went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 starts during the shortened 2020 season.

Shortstop Amed Rosario was activated from the COVID-19 list. He had previously been on the bereavement list and missed additional time because of health and safety protocols.

Cleveland optioned infielder Ernie Clement, left-hander Francisco Perez and right-hander J.C. Mejia to triple-A Columbus. Right-hander Nick Sandlin (sore shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

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