GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says reliever Joba Chamberlain has made the team as a non-roster invitee.
Chamberlain signed with the Indians on Dec. 1 as a free agent.
''He accepted the challenge,'' Francona said Saturday. ''He came out in January and been a teammate since Day 1. He has really thrown the ball well this spring. He likes to compete and wants to win. Joba will be a real valuable piece.''
In eight innings this spring, the right hander has given up seven hits and three runs. He walked five and struck out seven and has an ERA of 3.38.
Chamberlain spent last season with Detroit, Toronto and Kansas City. The 30-year-old has a 25-21 career record with a 3.87 ERA. He has seven saves in 365 appearances over nine seasons.
Cleveland informed left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny that he wouldn't make the team. Gorzelanny signed a minor league contract in December.
''He has the right to look (for a major league job), which we respect, but if there are no major league options, we would love to get him to Triple A with us,'' Francona said.
The skipper said outfielder Michael Brantley's shoulder, which he had surgery on during the offseason, was sore after two days of hitting. The All-Star will be held out of major league games this week and is likely to start the season on the disabled list.
Also Saturday, the Indians optioned RHP Austin Adams, OF Joey Butler, INF Erik Gonzalez and INF Giovanny Urshela to Triple A-Columbus. C Adam Moore was re-assigned to minor league camp.