Indians Manager Terry Francona had decided to roll with a 4 man rotation through the team’s current road trip. That was until Justin Masterson had a poor showing on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After the game, Francona reported that Masterson had a sore knee and was going to be pushed back a couple days to rest it. Masterson proceeded to tell Cleveland.com that he has had soreness in his right knee since his second start of the season. This could be the explanation for some of Masterson’s inconsistency and his drop in velocity.
It was reported today, that Masterson will make his next start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most expected to see Zach McAllister in Masterson’s place on Saturday considering he was called up and ready to start his turn in the rotation last week, when the game was postponed due to rain against the Angels. However, Francona has decided to call upon T.J. House instead for Saturday’s start against the Mariners.
House flashed signs of being the left handed starter that the Tribe needs, when McAllister was on the disabled list. The decision to go with House over McAllister on Saturday, leaves us to ponder what Francona is thinking about who will fill the fifth starter’s role long term. It’s possible that if House has a nice showing on Saturday, the job could be his for the time being.
The Tribe rotation for the rest of the road trip to Seattle and Los Angeles is as follows: Josh Tomlin Saturday, House Sunday, Corey Kluber Monday in LA, Masterson Tuesday and Trevor Bauer Wednesday in LA.
By: Brad Ward
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