Though the Cleveland Indians already announced SP Danny Salazar would be recalled from AAA Columbus to make tonight’s start against the Minnesota Twins, there had been no roster move, until now.
Since his May demotion, Salazar had made 10 starts with the Columbus Clippers, held opponents to a .249 batting average against, and struck out 67 while walking 28. He hasn’t allowed a home run since June 25, and in that span he’s pitched no fewer than 5.2 IP in a game. He had a rough stint in Cleveland to begin the year, pitching only 40.2 innings across his eight starts, allowing eight home runs for an ugly 5.53 ERA. A second-half performance similar to Salazar’s stunning rookie season last year would be huge for the Tribe.
#Indians officially recall RHP Danny Salazar from AAA Columbus to make tonight’s start in Minnesota; option RHP C.C. Lee to Columbus
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 22, 2014
Salazar had some nice outings recently, including a dominant performance against the Louisville Bats, striking out nine in 7.1 IP.
GIF: Salazar’s 7th K in 5 innings http://t.co/sgVULWxuRq
— Wahoo’s on First (@WahoosOnFirst) July 1, 2014
C.C. Lee will (once again) head to Columbus, his third stint with the parent club lasting three days. Lee pitched 1.1 innings against the Detroit Tigers last weekend, allowing 4 hits across his two outings, walking one and striking out two. For the year, he’s pitched 12.2 innings, allowing 15 hits, seven earned runs and two home runs, while striking out 13.