MLB News: Indians trade rotation spots with Scott Kazmir and Zach McAllister

The Indians today announced that SP Zach McAllister will start Saturday’s game with the Twins instead of Scott Kazmir. Kazmir will be bumped until Sunday in order to get an extra day of rest.

McAllister’s last start was Monday night against the Angels. He pitched six and a third innings giving up just one run and striking out five. He earned the win in Cleveland’s 5-2 victory.

Scott Kazmir’s pitched last Sunday against the Oakland A’s. He had a rough outing going five innings while allowing five earned runs and ten hits. Manager Terry Francona has been trying to give Kazmir more rest as he fights through fatigue issues. Kazmir has pitched 119 innings already this season, the most by far of his recent seasons. In 2010 he threw 150 innings for the Angels.

Last season, Kazmir made 14 starts for the Independent League Sugar Land Skeeters.

The Indians host the Minnesota Twins Friday through Sunday. Ubaldo Jimenez pitches for the Indians on Friday.

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  • MallaLubba

    You forgot to mention Kazmir’s work with the Gigantes de Carolina.

  • LaundroMat

    Better this conscientious kind of move than Wedgian “grinding”…apparently little things like these can be the difference between one or two wins, which can be the difference between being in the playoffs or not.

  • nobody

    Is Kazmir’s spot in the rotation going to be Tomlin’s? Also, outings interesting that McAllister’s last two starts have been pushed up a day…

  • Kildawg

    Tomlin and Kluber returning will help in getting Salazar and Kazmir some reprieve, plus the Tribe can use a 6 man rotation with the September call-ups.

  • mgbode

    so, Dice-K signs with the Mets and they actually start him? of course, they are playing interleague against the Tigers and the game goes about how you think it should. at least anyone left who wanted him now knows how he would have done against Detroit.

    and, I think our game was summed up in 2 ABs during the game:

    Josh Willingham with RISP gets behind in the count with bad swings only to take a pitch off the plate outside over Stubbs head in RF.

    Michael Brantley has a really nice AB in the 9th battling hard only to have a borderline pitch just off the plate be called strike-3 (to be clear, you swing at anything close in that situation).