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Indians' Zach McAllister placed on DL with low back strain

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 22, 2014

A medical issue apparently contributed to the recent struggles of Indians’ right-hander Zach McAllister.

The Indians placed McAllister on the 15-day disabled list with a low back strain Thursday after he lasted just two innings in Wednesday’s 13-inning home victory over the Tigers.

This is McAllister’s second time on the major league disabled list. This season he’s compiled a 3-4 record and 5.89 ERA in 10 starts. McAllister has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 3.1 innings and 17 earned runs in his last 7.2 innings.

In a flurry of other roster moves, left-hander T.J. House was recalled from Triple A-Columbus and the contract of left-hander Mark Lowe was selected from Columbus. Left-hander Kyle Crockett was optioned to Columbus.

Outfielder Nyjer Morgan (sprained right knee) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Lowe is 1-1 with eight saves and a 3.86 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Clippers. He ranks fourth in the International League in saves and has not allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances (seven innings, four hits, three walks, 10 strikeouts). Left-handers are batting just .212 against him and are hitting .174 with runners in scoring position. A non-roster invitee with the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training, Lowe was signed by the Indians on April 3.

House spent May 17-19 with the Indians and made his major league debut on Saturday in relief against the Oakland A’s. In seven starts for Triple-A Columbus, he’s compiled a 1-2 record with a 2.40 ERA, which ranks ninth in the International League.

Right-hander Justin Masterson was selected to start Thursday night's game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Josh Tomlin, the scheduled starter, pitched three innings of relief and got the victory Wednesday against Detroit.

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