The Cleveland Indians made a pair of late announcements on Wednesday, promoting LHP Nick Hagadone and optioning RHP Mark Lowe to AAA Columbus, and while also announcing Justin Masterson will not start on Sunday as scheduled:
Justin Masterson (right knee soreness) will not start Sunday in Seattle (TBD on who starts). Masterson will start vs. KC July 4 weekend.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 25, 2014
The Tribe will dip into its vertical depth in the minors after a 14-inning loss in Arizona on Tuesday night, and there’s a chance Hagadone could be used if manager Terry Francona needs to burn some innings, as it’s possible another starter might need to be recalled for Sunday’s start in Seattle. The team has already announced Justin Masterson will start sometime over the July 4th weekend, so for now it appears he will avoid a DL stint, but the tweet does not specify in which of the three games Masterson would start.Lowe pitched a third of an inning on Tuesday, but gave up two hits, a walk and a run in the loss to the Diamondbacks. Also, after being designated for assignment on June 18, LHP Josh Outman appears to be staying with the Indians, further adding to the team’s vertical depth:
LHP Josh Outman has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. He will report Saturday. — T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) June 26, 2014