Indians recall Zach Plesac, option Bobby Bradley to Triple-A Columbus

Bradley posted a .178 batting average in 45 big league at-bats

James Rapien
July 16, 2019 - 4:02 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians recalled Zach Plesac from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The 24-year-old made one start for the Clippers last week, but was always expected to return to Cleveland after the All-Star break.

Plesac has posted a 4.00 ERA in eight starts this season. He’s given up 10 runs combined in his last two outings and hasn’t made it out of the fourth inning in either start. He’ll look to rebound against Detroit on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Bradley, 23, struggled to adjust to life in the big leagues. He posted a .178 batting average, with one home run and four RBI in 49 plate appearances. He struck out 20 times, which is something he knows he needs to improve. 

"We wanted him to understand how we go about things just being in the major leagues," manager Terry Francona said. "We don’t want to turn him into a 23-year-old DH. We don’t think that’s the healthiest thing for him. So, go back, play first base. He’s a hamstring or something away from coming back. But it’s not going to hurt him to get at-bats in Triple-A."

He hit his first career home run in Saturday night’s loss to the Twins. Bradley's known for his power, after hitting 24 homers for Columbus prior to joining the Indians. He admits life is different in the big leagues.

“Stuff is a little bit better up here,” Bradley said on Saturday. “They make adjustments a lot faster up here. They can go down in the dugout and look at stuff in between innings or right after an at-bat or things like that, as can we, so it's a constant game of adjustments.”

Bradley got his first taste of the big leagues and remains in the Indians’ long-term plans. If he improves his strikeout numbers and gets better at hitting off-speed pitches, then his power should translate to the big leagues.

 "There’s some sock in that bat, that’s for sure," Francona said. "He’s going to be a good power hitter."