The Browns were not aware that Powell was scheduled to throw out the first pitch until after the roster move was made, a team spokesman confirmed to ESPN.
Powell is a native of Bedford, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, and played college football at Ohio State. He joined the Browns on waivers from the Seahawks on Feb. 6, after appearing in eight games as rookie with Seattle last season.
When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) June 9, 2017
Powell still supported a Buckeyes group event and threw out the first pitch at Friday night's game once a rain delay was lifted shortly before 8 p.m. ET. The Indians won the game 7-3.
Information from ESPN's Pat McManamon was used in this report.