DETROIT: Chris Seddon will be summoned from Triple-A Columbus to start Sunday for the Indians in place of Derek Lowe, who was designated for assignment on Thursday.
For the Clippers, Seddon posted an 11-5 record and 3.44 ERA, giving up 112 hits, 27 walks and striking out 108 in 123 innings.
He will be the first left-hander to start for the Tribe since Sept. 24, 2011.
His next scheduled start would fall on next Saturday, the day Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona) is eligible to join the Tribe after serving a suspension.
“We’ll wait and see what happens,” manager Manny Acta said of Hernandez. “The main thing for him is to stretch out his pitch count. The next time he pitches will be at Lake County. We’re anticipating that he’ll be ready when it’s time to bring him up.”
GOAL UNCHANGED — The call-up of four players in a few days does not signal a new plan for the Tribe, whose fortunes have taken a tailspin in the last week.
“We’re not making changes to make changes,” Acta said. “We’re not bringing up young kids just to play young kids. This is not giving up. We’re trying to improve spots that weren’t living up to what we needed to compete.”
KIPNIS MOVES UP — Jason Kipnis moved from third to first in the lineup, with Shin-Soo Choo shifting from the leadoff spot to third.
“Choo is swinging well and getting some extra-base hits,” Acta said. “We need him to hit with a couple of guys on base. It also takes a little pressure off Kipnis, and maybe he’ll see more fastballs.”
SOCIAL NOTE — Travis Hafner and his wife, Amy, named their newborn son Trip John Hafner. Hafner will report to the club today, after spending three days on the paternity list.
FARM FACTS — Tim Fedroff raised his batting average to .377 with two doubles, but Columbus lost to Norfolk 8-2. ... Michael Goodnight (2-11, 4.45 ERA) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6⅔ innings in Carolina’s 3-0 loss to Myrtle Beach in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker