CHICAGO: The Indians called up infielder Juan Diaz from the Double-A Aeros to take the place of right-hander Zach McAllister, who was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus.
In his most recent call-up, McAllister, subbing in the rotation for Josh Tomlin, made three starts and posted a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings. This was McAllister’s second stint with the Tribe this year. In all, he made four starts, compiling a 1-1 record and 3.96 ERA. The Indians won three of his four starts.
Tomlin, who has been nursing a wrist injury, is scheduled to return to the rotation Monday against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field.
Since there is no need for McAllister to start, Diaz was called up as an extra utility infielder. At Akron, he was batting .232 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 34 games. He has yet to play in a major-league game.
Manager Manny Acta liked what he saw of McAllister.
“He was impressive in that every one of his outings was good,” Acta said. “He always gave us a chance to win. We feel that at some point he will be a starter for us.”
HANNAHAN BACK TODAY? — Jack Hannahan (sore back) might return to the lineup today after missing 11 games.
“If he goes through the workout today and everything is OK, he should start tomorrow,” Acta said.
VOICE FROM THE PAST — Scott Bailes, who started and relieved for the Indians from 1986-89, took over for Tom Hamilton in the radio booth Friday night.
Broadcasting is nothing new to Bailes, who announces 15 Springfield Cardinals games on local television in Springfield, Mo., his longtime home. The Cardinals are members of the Double-A Texas League.
Bailes keeps in contact with the Tribe by regularly attending the club’s fantasy camp in Goodyear, Ariz.
HERNANDEZ NEXT? — Now that Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo (the former Leo Nunez) has received a work permit from the federal government, will Roberto Hernandez soon be allowed to rejoin the Indians?
It was discovered last September that Oviedo had been using a false identity, and he was denied a visa until now. He will not return to the Marlins until August, however, because reportedly he will have to serve an eight-week suspension imposed by Major League Baseball that has yet to be announced.
Hernandez went by the name Fausto Carmona until he was discovered to have purchased someone’s identity as a teenager.
“It’s the same situation, so I imagine it will have some type of influence,” Acta said of the Hernandez case.
FARM FACTS — Matt LaPorta doubled and singled, and Jared Goedert homered, driving in three runs, but Columbus lost to Syracuse 13-4. … Jerrud Sabourin singled twice and doubled in Lake County’s 10-4 win over West Michigan in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker