After coming up and pitching well in his first two appearances, left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone looked like he had finally turned the corner on his up and down career as an Indian. Instead, three straight outings where he recorded just one out while giving up three hits and two walks.
Last night’s appearance was the final straw for Hagadone as he came on to face two left-handed batters in a one run game. A walk and a double later, it was 5-2 Red Sox and Hagadone was pulled. This afternoon, he was sent back down to AAA Columbus. In his place is the return of rookie lefty Kyle Crockett, who made three appearances with the Tribe earlier this season.
Crockett was the Indians third round pick out of Virginia in 2013 and the first player in his draft class to make it to the major leagues. With fellow lefty Josh Outman struggling of late, Crockett has a real chance to pitch in some key spots for Francona.
Hagadone had teased us long enough, it was time for him to be replaced.