CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Jeff Manship could not be any more thankful for his recent time off.
After all, he believes the right wrist tendinitis he began to experience prior to the All-Star Break was a major reason for some of his struggles leading up to his recent DL stint.
“It was huge. I was able to take a few days without throwing, just to let the inflammation kind of die down and let the meds start doing their job,” Manship said.
“And they did. I’d say about seven days into the meds, it felt great. I was able to throw three bullpens — felt awesome. I felt explosive. There was no pain at all in my forearm or wrist, so I definitely feel ready to go.”
On Thursday, the Cleveland Indians officially activated the right-handed reliever from the 15-day disabled list, optioning left-handed pitcher TJ House back to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the 25-man roster.
Manship, who landed on the DL on July 29, owns a 3.38 ERA (5.31 FIP) in 37 appearances for Cleveland this season. The 31-year-old righty gave up eight runs, five earned, over the eight appearances (3 2/3 innings) leading up to his DL stint.
“It was hard to not have Manny for that time,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I think it made sense, what we did… There’s never a guarantee somebody is going to go out and give up runs or not, but at least now he has a chance to be himself and throw his pitches.”
Manship will likely slide back into a middle relief role, joining fellow righty Dan Otero as a matchup alternative for Francona.
“It’s nice to have that other option,” Francona said. “There are certain hitters that Mickey and I feel sometimes match up differently. Sometimes when you want a double play, Otero is the guy… It gives you another reliable guy, which is really important. One of the hardest things is when you bring somebody in, not knowing [how they’ll do].”
Meanwhile, House did not pitch during his latest stint with the big league club. The 26-year-old southpaw has allowed six hits and one run in 2 2/3 MLB innings this season.
The Indians will open up a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field on Thursday night.