The Indians roster carousel continued to turn Tuesday, as the club made a roster move to call up a starting pitcher for the evening’s game for a second consecutive day.
A day after left-hander T.J. House was recalled to start, Tuesday’s move brought right-hander Danny Salazar back to the major league level after two months at Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the roster, right-handed reliever C.C. Lee was optioned back to Columbus.
Salazar burst on the scene in dramatic fashion last season and gained so much trust by the Indians brass he started the wild card game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of the season.
But Salazar hasn’t been the same since. After being brought along very slowly in spring training, he opened the season with a 1-4 record and 5.53 ERA in eight starts before being optioned to the minors May 16.
With the Clippers, Salazar went 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA, but had two complete games among his 10 starts. In 53 2/3 innings, he gave up 53hits, with 24 earned runs. He also walked 28 batters and struck out 67.
Although his overall numbers with the Clippers weren’t overly impressive, he spent a week on the disabled list with a sore triceps. Then Salazar showed increasing signs he was beginning to return to form over his final five starts, when he went 2-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 39 strikeouts.