Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians will have a new arm on Monday in the rotation for the first time all season, as Zach McAllister will come up from Triple-A to pitch one of the two games of the Tribe’s doubleheader with the White Sox.
McAllister is having a solid season with the Clippers in Columbus, going 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA with 32 strikeouts, 11 walks in 35 innings.
“He’s thrown well his last couple outings down there, he’s keeping his fastball down, and maintaining velocity,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He’s developing his secondary stuff well.”
McAllister was one of the pitchers in the mix for the fifth and final spot in the rotation that went to Jeanmar Gomez. The Chillicothe, IL native didn’t have a bad spring, he just didn’t throw as well as Gomez.
In the spring, McAllister went 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. In three starts he allowed three runs on seven hits with six K’s over six innings.
“He didn’t hurt his chances in spring training either,” Acta said.
The ability to add McAllister comes from the new “26th man rule” that was put in place by Major League Baseball this past offseason.
The rule exists for the day a team has a doubleheader. It allows them to bring up a player from the minor leagues without sending another player down.