CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Less than 24 hours after Austin Adams served up a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the right-handed reliever was back on his way down I-71.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians optioned Adams to Triple-A Columbus. In his place, the club recalled righty Shawn Armstrong from the Clippers.
Adams, 29, has allowed 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 big league innings this season (7.04 ERA), walking five, strikeout 15 and yielding three homers in 15 appearances.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Armstrong rejoins the team after making one big league appearance earlier this season for Cleveland. The hard-thrower has posted a 2.18 ERA in 40 outings at Triple-A Columbus this season, recording 62 strikeouts in 41 1/3 relief innings.
“We told him we don’t know how long this is going to be,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We have some moving parts, obviously.”
To make room for Thursday’s scheduled starter, Mike Clevinger, the Indians will need to make another roster move prior to the four-game series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
“We will take stock tonight again where we are,” Francona said. “Because we don’t want to let a couple bad nights get in the way of next week. That really makes the bad nights worse.”
Since returning to the Majors on July 18, left-hander Kyle Crockett has been dominant, holding the opposition scoreless over 6 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits, a walk and recording six strikeouts.
“I think he’s making more good pitches,” Francona said of the 24-year-old reliever. “Being realistic about it, when you don’t overpower people you really do have to make pitches. He doesn’t have just a wipeout breaking ball. He’s got a breaking ball, but it’s not something that buckles the lefties. So it’s got to hit it’s spot. When he hits his spots, he’s just fine. When he doesn’t, he gives up hits.”
In his first 11 big league appearances this year, opposing hitters were batting .389 off the lefty, but since his return, the opposition is hitting just .143.
Indians catcher Yan Gomes is still in the early phase of his rehab from the separated shoulder he suffered on July 17 in Minnesota.
Gomes is doing most of his recovery work in the water, as he attempts to regain full range of motion in the right shoulder.
“I would say he’s doing really good, considering where he started,” Francona said. “He’s got obviously a long way to go. He’s still trying to get the last bit of the swelling out of there, the fluid, because that gets in the way…. I will say, I get here early and he’s here every day. That’s not a surprise. He’ll be raring to go as quick as you can, but this thing, he can only do so much because he has to heal.”
Gomes, who has really struggled offensively for most of the 2016 season, was expected to miss 6-8 weeks following the injury.
“Now maybe gets a chance to sit back and take a deep breath and he’s got a goal now to get healthy and he wants to,” Francona added. “So, maybe when he comes back, kind of hit the reset button a little bit.”
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Outfielder Michael Brantley, still trying to work his way back to a Minor League rehab assignment, was one of two hitters who helped track pitches during reliever Joe Colon’s 20-pitch simulated game at Progressive Field on Wednesday.
“First of all, Joe did well, so that was good,” Francona said. “By all accounts, Brant is feeling really good. I’ll visit with him a little bit later on tonight and see what he wants to do in his next step.”