Manager Terry Francona's critical comments of Indians left-hander Nick Hagadone Thursday night proved to be a hint of a move to come.
The Indians optioned Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus Friday and recalled left-hander Kyle Crockett.
Crockett, 23, joins the Indians for the second time this season. He became the first member of the draft class of 2013 to reach the majors on May 16, when his contract was selected from Double-A Akron.
In three appearances in that stint, Crockett compiled a 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up only one earned run and batters hit .154 against him. In his final two outings, he threw three scoreless innings as opponents went 0 for 7 with men on base. In those two games, lefties were 0 for 5 against Crockett.
He was optioned to Columbus on May 22. In the minor leagues this season at Double-A and Triple-A, he has a 0.74 ER in 24 1/3 innings and 21 appearances.
Hagadone departed with a 7.71 ERA after a disappointing effort in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Called on to relieve starter Josh Tomlin with two out in the sixth inning, Hagadone walked No. 9 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. and gave up a two-run double to Brock Holt before getting Dustin Pedroia to ground out.
13. “It worked about as bad … that’s not how we drew it up,” Francona said.
Francona needs a reliever to pitch before Bryan Shaw and closer Cody Allen and he thought Hagadone could be the guy. In his first two appearances against the Red Sox after being called up from Triple-A Columbus on June 2, Hagadone struck out four in two innings. He got the win on June 3, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing one hit. But Friday at Texas he walked the only batter he faced. On Tuesday at Kansas City he faced three batters and allowed two hits, one a home run.
“You wanted him to build off what he had done in Triple-A and his first couple outings here because we need to find a way to get to Shaw and Cody,” Francona said Thursday. “We can’t pitch those guys every night that early. He walked Bradley and then ran the count full to Holt where he could get a good enough swing and hit that double.”
Hagadone said he didn't feel the same as he had when he was first called up.
“Not really. I think that shows. I haven’t gotten anybody out in like a week, so it’s obviously not the same," he said.