CLEVELAND: The Indians made roster moves before and after Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
To clear a spot for starting pitcher Zach McAllister, the Tribe optioned Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.
McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA in his first 10 starts with the Indians) made his first major-league start since May 21, after going on the disabled list with a lower back strain and completing a rehab assignment at Columbus. McAllister went 5-0, posted a 2.23 ERA and struck out 34 batters in 36⅓ innings in six starts for the Clippers.
In his second stint with the Tribe, Pestano (0-1, 5.00 ERA in 13 appearances) pitched much better than he did in April when he broke camp with the club. His struggles cost him his seventh-inning setup role. This time, however, Pestano limited opponents to an earned run over 10 appearances spanning 4⅓ innings. He didn’t issue a walk, struck out nine and gave up five hits.
NEWCOMER ABOARD — The Indians acquired pitcher Nick Maronde in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash considerations. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Tribe designated hitter Jason Giambi was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Maronde is an interesting pickup for the Indians.
The 6-foot-3 left-hander originally was a third-round pick by the Angels in 2011, but Marone struggled as a starter and struggled to be converted to a reliever.
In a classic case of a player in need of a change of scenery, the Indians picked Maronde up in the hopes that they can turn him around and make out like they did with pitcher Trevor Bauer. Maronde will be sent to one of the organization’s higher-level minor-league clubs. However, there’s no word yet from the front office regarding which one.
RELUCTANT STAR — Indians outfielder Michael Brantley tends to shy away from the media as much as possible. But it’s getting harder and harder to do as he continues to become one of the Tribe’s best players.
Headed to his first All-Star Game this week, Brantley recorded his career-high 15th homer Saturday while leading off the eighth inning, good for sixth best in the American League. The solo shot also marked his 63rd RBI, ranking him third only behind Nelson Cruz (74) and Mike Trout (69).
Brantley also increased his hit streak to a team-best, nine-consecutive games, a span during which he’s batting .436 (17-for-39). In 12 games this season against the White Sox, he’s hit at a .340 clip.
NEWS AND NOTES — Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Lowe has made seven appearances with the Tribe this season. ... Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, a Cleveland native and former St. Ignatius starter, threw out the first pitch Saturday.
— Stephanie Storm