Indians Shake Up Roster: Masterson Pitching Tonight

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It was apparent that Indians RHP Zach McAllister could not continue in the Indians’ starting rotation the way he was pitching. McAllister is 3-4 after starting the season 3-0. He has completely lost the ability to get outs in the last two weeks and has struggled in his last six starts. He has given up 12 earned runs in his last 3 1/3 innings and 17 earned runs in his last 7 2/3 innings while seeing his ERA rise to 5.89. On Thursday, the Indians placed McAllister on the 15 day D.L. with a lower back strain despite McAllister stating several times yesterday that he was fine. Placing McAllister on the D.L. gives the Tribe some time to figure out what is wrong with him and what to do with him.

In the aftermath of the 13 inning “Balk-Off” win that gassed the Indians bullpen and used up Thursday night’s scheduled starter Josh Tomlin, the Indians needed to shuffle their Roster. The Tribe has moved Nyjer Morgan from to the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL and optioned LHP Kyle Crockett to AAA Columbus to make roster room. The Indians have promoted RHP T.J. House and they bought the contract to RHP Mark Lowe both from AAA Columbus bringing them both up with the Indians.

The Tribe has elected to move RHP Justin Masterson up one day in the rotation to pitch on three day’s rest Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles. House becomes the probable starter for Friday night. The 24 year old House made his major league debut over the weekend when he was with the team from May 17-19. He pitched 1 inning of hitless baseball in relief against the Oakland A’s. In 7 starts at AAA Columbus, he has posted a 2.40 ERA with a 1-2 record (41.1IP, 35H, 12R/11ER, 11BB, 34K, .235AVG). Lowe (30) has been with AAA Columbus all year and has 8 saves in 16 relief appearances with a 1-1 record (16.1IP, 16H, 7ER, 8BB, 21K, .246AVG). He has not given up an earned run in his last 7 innings pitched.

Other News:

Jason Kipnis is scheduled for a rehab assignment on Friday and could be back with the team as early as Monday

The Tigers were forced to use position player Don Kelly in a relief pitching role during the 9th inning of Today’s 9-2 loss against the Texas Rangers. This is a result of their 13 inning loss against the Indians on Wednesday.

By: Brad Ward

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