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Indians recall Mike Clevinger, option Joe Colon to Triple-A

The Tribe will keep 13 pitchers on their roster as they officially called up Mike Clevinger from the Columbus Clippers to take the spot of Joe Colon on Sunday morning.

In hopes to bolster the back-end of their starting rotation, the Cleveland Indians recalled Mike Clevinger from Triple-A to start on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET against the Kansas City Royals. Joe Colon was optioned to Columbus in a corresponding move prior to the series-finale.

The transaction comes in light of Corey Kluber's lower back strain and a nine-man bullpen that was only needed for two innings of work in a 3-1 win on Saturday.

The 26-year-old out of Jacksonville, Fla. will be making his 18th major league appearance after going 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and .215 opposing batting average in six starts with the Clippers - 30 IP, 23 H, 5 R/ER, 10 BB, 32 K. With an off-day on May 11, Clevinger could return to the minor leagues if Kluber is activated off the 10-day disabled list over the next week.

Colon did not log action on the mound during his four days on the big league roster.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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