Indians Notes: Perez back in lineup, Plutko optioned

Roster moves bring Allen back up and gives the bullpen a fresh arm

Kyle Lewandowski
May 25, 2019 - 2:28 pm
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) — Prior to Saturday's matinee with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians made a couple roster moves.

The Tribe selected the contract of relief pitcher Josh D. Smith along with recalling outfielder Greg Allen up to the big league club from Triple-A Columbus. To balance out the moves, the club optioned catcher Eric Hasse and pitcher Adam Plutko down to the state capital.

Allen will start in left field on Saturday while Smith gives the bullpen a fresh arm that can provide some length if needed.

When Smith takes the mound for the Tribe, it will be the 29-year-old's major league debut. This season in Columbus the righty has appeared in 17 games, posting an ERA of 1.82 in 24.2 innings of work. He has struck out 32 in that time while holding hitters to an impressive .099/.215/.185 slash line.

"We've been in our bullpen so much in the past five, six days, that we really wanted to try to protect our bullpen," manager Terry Francona said. "The Triple-A staff has been raving about the way [Smith] has been pitching. It gives us an opportunity to get him here and see him while also getting an extra arm in our bullpen."

With Allen, the time in Columbus gave him a chance to play on more of an everyday basis. 

"We told him this might not be his last call-up, it could be short-lived," Francona said. "We wanted to make sure he knew that coming in. He was put in a tough position early on when he was playing sparingly and he was playing mostly when he was hitting right handed, that was not putting him in the best position to succeed."

Allen will be batting from the left side on Saturday when righty Charlie Morton gets the start for the Rays.

Roberto Perez is back in the lineup for the Indians which left no need to keep Hasse up with the big league club.

The option of Plutko leaves the Tribe in a position to find a starting pitcher for Tuesday in Boston. Francona said that decision would be made tomorrow.

First pitch from Progressive Field is set for 4:10. Carlos Carrasco takes the hill for the Tribe against Morton of the Rays.