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Indians DFA Josh Outman, activate Zach McAllister

Zack McAllister

Zach McAllister

Josh Outman, the player acquired for outfielder Drew Stubbs just a few months ago ((For those wondering, Stubbs is hitting .303 (.796 OPS) through 55 games on the season, stealing seven bases having yet to be caught. He’s also quadrupled his WAR (1.2) over all of last season (0.3). That thin air, man.)), has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians. Outman posted a 3.24 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings, but the showed very little control, walking 16. He labored through a 40-pitch outing earlier this week, but has still managed to hold left-handed hitters to a .180 average. He was out of minor league options, so the Indians have 10 days to trade him, release him or try to pass him through waivers—a place the left-hander will likely garner some interest.

Zach McAllister will take Outman’s spot on the 25-man roster, activated from the disabled list after sustaining a lower back strain. Sitting at 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 starts this season, McAllister is expected to take the hill on Thursday when the Indians take on Garrett Richards (with his team-leading 2.87 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • nj0

    Stubbs costs about $3M more too. Glad he’s doing well, but I don’t want a 4th outfielder making $4M+ especially with our mid-market payroll. Oh, and he’s got a .400 BABIP.

    Speaking of other ex-Indians doing well, Luis Valbuena is having a career year in Chicago for the Cubs. .292/.391/.470

  • Matt S

    Zach was on the 15 day DL, so he’s not replacing anyone on the 40 man roster. Which is confusing. You’d figure they would just send down House, since he’s being built up as a starter and he’s the odd man out in the rotation. Weird move.

  • My mistake. Meant 25-man. Bizarre move nonetheless, especially since he’s not being used until tomorrow. They’re now essentially down a man.

  • Harv 21

    who doesn’t miss Luis Valbuena.

    Actually, whatever type of infield defense he played (can’t really remember, mercifully) he probably looked like Brooks Robinson compared to Lonnie.

  • CB Everett

    More like Josh Walkman, amiright?! Well good for Stubbs. At least mercifully Grady Sizemore was DFA’d as well this week. I say that not because I wasn’t personally rooting for him (I was), but because I anticipated a massive woe-is-me, look at how well Grady’s doing now if he killed it with the Sox. At least we were spared that…

  • nj0

    Francona made it sound like they wanted Outman’s role to be long relief and his extreme L/R splits made that untenable. McAllister was activated today in case something fluky happens tonight. If not, he’ll start tomorrow. That’s all from Jordan Bastian.

  • Steve

    They were down a man anyway after Outman threw 40 pitches last night.

  • Steve

    Would you rather have House or Outman in the bullpen?

  • nj0

    Is neither an option?

  • Matt S

    I’d rather have Crockett than either. If House isn’t in the rotation here, he should be in the Columbus rotation. We need some backup down there should another injury crop up/a doubleheader needs a 6th starter. With Carrasco now a reliever and Salazar struggling/hurt, House is essentially our first and only callup option right now as a starter.

    Even Hagadone would be preferable, and he’s not so great. But I don’t get why you DFA Outman now when there’s no need to do so and he’s not even doing horribly. Unless the team has simply decided that they need their other lefty to be able to pitch an inning or two, regardless of matchup. Since both Scrabble and Outman were both basically matchup-only guys, I guess it does strain the bullpen a bit.

  • Natedawg86

    Sweet Luis?

  • Steve

    You still need to dump someone to have Crockett up, and Outman is the most obvious candidate.

    I guess I would be hard pressed to care less who options 4-8 are in the bullpen. This seems like an obvious situation where the FO knows a lot more than the fans and more than the smallest complaint seems to overrate the issue.