CLEVELAND – The revolving door between Triple-A and the Major Leagues reopened for a new name on Friday afternoon.
Instead of opting for Shawn Armstrong for the third time this season, the Indians recalled Adam Plutko to provide depth and bolster a tattered bullpen. In a corresponding move, Michael Brantley landed on the paternity list to tend to the birth of his third child for the duration of the weekend set in Minnestota.
With seven relievers allowing 10 earned runs in 9.1 innings of work (three games) against the Dodgers earlier this week, the need for reinforcements presented itself amidst a 22-game stretch in 20 days.
Plutko served a starter role with the Columbus Clippers, going 4-7 with a 6.24 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and .300 opposing batting average in 66.1 frames (12 starts). The 25-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs between his two big league outings as a September call-up in 2016.
One of the glaring flaws in Plutko's performance this year has been his drastic drop in command, as determined by his gradual regression in walks per nine innings (BB/9) each year in the minor leagues...
The roster move figures to be temporary with Ryan Merritt and Mike Clevinger slated to pitch Games 1 and 2 respectively on Saturday at Target Field.
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.