Kluber’s Big-League Stay Likely a Short One
In the wake of the debacle versus the Yankees, the Indians optioned Tuesday’s starter Carlos Carrasco to Columbus to work on command of his fastball and, presumably, control of his head-hunting impulses.
Tito’s proclaimed bullpen savior (and Wednesday’s scheduled starter) Brett Myers worked 5-1/3 innings in relief of Carrasco, necessitating the call-up of Corey Kluber from Columbus to take Myers’ turn in the rotation.
Yesterday’s rainout spared Kluber a likely beating from the suddenly potent Yankee bats, but cost him his chance to start. Zach McAllister will take the ball as scheduled in tonight’s series finale.
Kluber, who made 12 starts for the Indians last season, will stick around to provide mop-up innings in case the Yankees get the best of McAllister, but his stay will likely be a short one barring further injury and incompetence. The Indians will not need a fifth starter again until April 20 against the Astros, which is three days after Scott Kazmir is eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
Jason Giambi was eligible to come off the DL on April 9, so Kluber’s roster spot may soon be needed to accommodate the Indians’ elder statesman. Here’s hoping Giambi can deliver some of his Yoda-like wisdom to build the confidence of our young Jedis, who have taken a thrashing at the hands of baseball’s Evil Empire.