The Indians placed Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game with right knee inflammation. The move comes a day after Masterson lasted just two-plus innings in a start against the Yankees, allowing five earned runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter. That marked the fourth time in Masterson's last five starts in which he was unable to last more than four innings. The move marks Masterson's first career trip to the disabled list, though he did miss a start at the end of June while dealing with the same knee issue.
Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Masterson's spot on the roster. This is Hagadone's fourth stint with the major league club this year, and he holds a 6.00 ERA in six appearances. His career ERA is 5.60 over 70 2/3 innings.
Catcher Roberto Perez was also promoted from Triple-A Columbus before the game. Perez receives his first call to the big leagues after hitting .305/.405/.517 with eight home runs and a stolen base in 53 games this season. Perez spent the offseason recovering from Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis that left him unable to close his left eye for monts.
Outfielder Tyler Holt was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Perez. Holt appeared in one game with the Indians as a ninth-inning defensive replacement in right field.