It was only six games, but Kyle Dowdy is happy to be back home.

Originally coming to the Indians organization and the RubberDucks from the Detroit Tigers organization in the Willi Castro-Leonys Martin trade, the right-hander flourished in 2018.

His 1-4 record and 6.52 earned run average in Akron might not look like much, but in the one month he was with the organization, he took his fastball from 93-95 to a solid 95-98 and topped out at 99 miles per hour.

It didn’t take long for someone to take notice when the Indians didn’t protect him in the Rule 5 Draft.

The New York Mets took him with the 11th pick. He appeared in six spring training games before being released and was nabbed by the Texas Rangers where he appeared in 13 games with 12 coming in relief.

“It was an incredible opportunity,” Dowdy said. “I can’t thank the Mets and the Rangers enough. They both gave me opportunities and I cherished each one. Obviously with the Mets, I ran into a numbers game. They wanted a little more flexibility and they couldn’t hold onto me, but wished me the best of luck.

“With the Rangers, I got there the day before Opening Day, so it was a whirlwind to say the least. The first time I met my teammates was Opening Day, so it was crazy. I enjoyed my time there and really appreciated my opportunity there, but I’m happy to be back in Cleveland.”

There’s a lot to be happy about with the Indians, who basically reinvented the 26-year-old last season.

Logging a 2-1 record and 17 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings with the Rangers, a right-elbow impingement put him on the injured list on June 1. After his rehab assignments were done, the numbers game on the 25-man roster got him and he was put on waivers.

Once he cleared, he was offered back up to the Indians and the Tribe didn’t hesitate to pay the $50,000 to bring him back.

“They taught me so many things,” said Dowdy of the Indians. “From the mental side to analyzing performances and knowing when it’s time to attack, play and compete. To have the separation of the two sides whether it’s the attack side or the intellectual side. From the physical standpoint, there were a lot of things they taught me mechanically that influenced me greatly that I’m excited to get back to at this point.”

Unlike last season when he was a starter, Dowdy, who was activated Tuesday by the RubberDucks, will come in as a reliever.

Manager Rouglas Odor indicated that the 6-foot-1 flamethrower could pitch Thursday.

“I think he can help us a lot,” said Ducks catcher Logan Ice, who caught him last season. “We could use some bullpen help. The arms have been running thin with everything the big-league bullpen is going through. With starters with injuries, guys have been getting shuffled around. It’ll be nice to have.

“He brings velocity, that’s for sure. As a starter for the most part last year, it was a little different. He had to go further into games to get us innings. I hope as a reliever, he goes after them. I know that’s what he was doing with Texas in the big leagues. Hopefully, he can get us some outs.”

What Dowdy has even more this season is the experience of being in The Show. Couple that time with success and he’s ready to help the organization in any facet.

“Thinking back to when things were going well, I was able to strike out a guy like Jose Altuve,” Dowdy said. “He’s one of the greatest hitters of our generation. It showed me my stuff does play at that level. Now, it’s just fine-tuning. It’s learning to throw all these pitches in this tiny window and knowing how I can make that happen. It’s reassuring to know that you can compete there. It’s just a matter of going out and doing it.”