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.