With young starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez having a rough stretch of play at the major league level, it appears the right-hander will be sent down to Columbus to iron out a few kinks. In his place the Indians are prepared to promote relief pitcher Scott Barnes as first reported by The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, .
Gomez who has certainly had his fair share of issues as of late, allowing 27 earned runs in his last six starts, balooning his ERA from 3.19 to 5.18 in the same span.
Another potential demotion was left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone who had allowed nine earned runs over his last four appearances, the most recent being a three-run outing in a mere two-thirds of an inning against the Houston Astros, effectively placing a winnable game out of reach. In 22.2 innings, Hagadone has fanned 24 but has also allowed 15 runs on 20 hits, with 12 bases on balls.
Barnes had a sucessful stint with the Indians when the team was forced to place veteran third baseman Jack Hannahan on the disabled list. While the left-handed Barnes was thumped by the Reds prior to being sent back to Columbus, he allowed a mere one run over his first three appearances with the club.
Barnes was acquired in 2009 when the Indians traded Ryan Garko to the San Francisco Giants.
(Source: Paul Hoynes’ Twitter)