Mujica's return to Cleveland brings back memories

Mujica's return to Cleveland brings back memories

CLEVELAND -- Returning to Cleveland for Interleague Play gives Marlins reliever Edward Mujica a chance to reconnect with some of the people who helped launch his big league career.

Mujica broke into the big leagues in 2006 with the Indians.

In fact, in his MLB debut on June 21, 2006, the Indians were facing the Cubs, who started Carlos Zambrano.

"I was here for three years," said Mujica, who was traded to San Diego after the 2009 season. "I learned a lot about this job, especially in 2006 when I got called up my first year. I am thankful they gave me an opportunity here."

Indians pitching coach Scott Radinsky was Mujica's pitching coach in Triple-A. And Dave Miller, Cleveland's bullpen coach, was the organization's Minor League pitching coordinator when Mujica was in the system.

Mujica is one of the Marlins most dependable relievers. He's the primary eighth inning setup right-hander.

In 20 games, he has four holds and he collected two saves earlier in the month when Heath Bell was not available.

While coming up with the Indians, Mujica was given tips on throwing a split-finger fastball and his changeup.

"It was big to learn that, because my changeup right now is one of my better pitches," Mujica said.