Triple-A pitchers have been begging for Yandy Diaz to get called up after he slashed .395/.509/.558 with four doubles, one home run and nine RBIs in 12 starts between third base (five games), left field (four games) and right field (two games).
Their wish was granted on Monday afternoon.
The Indians recalled Diaz from Columbus in hopes that he can provide a spark for a struggling offense at either corner outfield position. Shawn Armstrong was optioned back to the Clippers for the second time this season to downsize the bullpen to a traditional seven-man format.
With Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain) listed as day-to-day, Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe) on the 10-day disabled list and Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez reclaiming their everyday roles from last year, Diaz figures to join a shorthanded outfield unit over the next week.
The biggest improvement for Diaz during his short stint at Triple-A was his discipline as he featured a 20% walk rate (8.2% with Cleveland) and 7.3% strikeout rate (23% with Cleveland).
Armstrong fired 2.1 scoreless frames of relief against the Chicago White Sox in his only appearance since being promoted on May 2.