Indians Option Zach McAllister to Columbus, Recall Diaz

With Jack Hannahan slow to recover from the back injury that has kept him out over the bulk of the last three weeks, the Indians have decided to recall shortstop Juan Diaz from Double-A Akron. To make room for Diaz, the team has opted to send starting pitcher Zach McAllister to Columbus.

McAllister, in his four starts with the Indians, has done fairly well, posting a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 3.96, striking out 22 (as compared to six walks) in 25 innings of work.

Diaz, acquired in the Russell Branyan trade in 2009, is hitting .232 with three home runs, seven doubles and 18 RBI with the Aeros. A switch-hitter, he’s hitting .330 (with an OPS of .849) against right-handed pitchers.

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  • Natedawg86


    Any guesses why?

  • mgbode

    we needed another player who can’t hit LHP

  • Natedawg86

    Where is Beau Mills?

  • Pwthomasiii

    Tomlin is being activated and will start Monday so they brought up an extra infielder for the weekend. 

  • Natedawg86

    Nice to have Mac to call up when needed.

  • Coalkatt


  • Coalkatt

    .232 at AA- he’ll fit right in.  Look how well Damon has adjusted.

  • Get A Clue

    I think this is a good move considering they need another switch hitter who can handle the Lefty’s…Diaz can rope the ball as well.. As far as Tomlin, he better get his head in the game real quick….

  • Harv 21

    Fine job by McAllister learning from last year and adjusting as needed. Kudos to him and whoever has been coaching him up. 

    Can’t remember last time our rotation was deep enough to send someone back down after so many good starts and no implosions at all. The pitching part of the Shapiro/Antonetti vision is clicking on all cylinders this year. Barely miss the artist formerly known as Fausto. If/when he gets stateside he’ll have to go long relief if this keeps up. If Lowe was pitching like last year and Gomez hadn’t emerged, can imagine people would be bemoaning the Ubaldo trade every day instead of every other start of his.  

  • mgbode

    handle the lefties?

    he’s a .232 hitter overall.  he hit .330 vs. righties.  most players face more righties than lefties.

  • EyesAbove

    Im not gonna lie, when I saw Diaz in the headline my immediate reaction was, Diaz who? I guess it makes sense if you dont want to waste an option on Lonnie or whoever. 

  • mgbode

    my first thought went to Einar

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

     Einar Diaz,good times

  • cmm13

    Nice work Mac.

    With McAllister continuing to develop, Carrasco recovering, Masterson getting his head back on straight and Tomlin looking like he’s found his rhythm I am beginning to think that even if Ubaldo stays a mystery next years rotation looks solid top to bottom.

  • mgbode

    yep, backup C is like the backup QB.  always feel better about them then they really are.