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02/11/09 9:30 PM EST

Tribe brings on Viola as camp instructor

Cy Young winner and Series MVP teamed with Wedge in '92

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians already had their share of left-handed starters in the mix for Spring Training camp, but they have added another one.

This one, however, will be assisting on the coaching side.

Frank Viola, the 1987 World Series MVP and 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner for the Twins, will be in Major League camp as a Spring Training instructor. Indians pitchers and catchers were set to officially report for duty Thursday.

While the 48-year-old Viola has never previously been affiliated with the Indians' organization, he was a teammate of manager Eric Wedge when the two played for the Red Sox in 1992.

Viola will assist pitching coach Carl Willis and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez with instruction in big league camp. He will also help out with the Minor League arms.

Over 15 seasons with the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays from 1982-96, Viola went 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA. He won the Cy Young after going 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA in 35 starts in '88.

Viola was a three-time All-Star with at least 10 wins in 10 straight seasons from 1984-93. He also won 20 games for the Mets in 1990, and finished in the top 10 in his league in wins six times over his career. He placed in the top six of his leagues' Cy Young voting four times.

In addition to reigning Cy Young winner Cliff Lee, the Indians have five other left-handed starters in camp and vying for a job -- Aaron Laffey, Dave Huff, Jeremy Sowers, Zach Jackson and Scott Lewis.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.