Justin Masterson, who has struggled terribly all season long, has been placed on the 15-day DL with right knee inflammation. The knee may be bothering him, but it is clearly a mental issue. In his last 11 starts, the Indians’ Opening Day starter has turned into one of the worst in baseball, posting a 7.16 ERA in 49 innings, giving up 60 hits and 36 walks.
Last night’s two inning debacle was clearly the last straw with Masterson, whom the Indians just couldn’t afford to trot out again in five days. The 15 days hopefully will give him a nice mental break. As for now, it is hard to see how Justin can get be trusted.
As I said earlier today, this complete collapse of his game couldn’t have come at a worse time for the big right-hander who is in his contract year and has been losing millions by the start.
Replacing Masterson on the roster will be an extra bullpen arm in Nick Hagadone, who is making his fourth appearance in Cleveland. His stay will be short with a starter needed for Saturday, which is expected to be Zach McAllister.
In addition to these two moves, the Indians have sent OF Tyler Holt back to AAA Columbus after his two-day stint and have purchased the contract of catcher Roberto Perez. Reliever Mark Lowe was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Perez.
The 25-year old catcher is having a banner year in Columbus, hitting .305/.405/.571 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. Perez is also considered a plus defender. He is a legitimate Major League backstop who should be in Cleveland for years to come.
The call up of Perez also signals once again that Carlos Santana’s future is as a first baseman and DH.