The steadily evolving bullpen for the Cleveland Indians will be down an arm on Sunday, as the team optioned right-hander Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians recalled outfielder Greg Allen.
Allen’s stay could be short, as the Indians will need to make roster moves in the coming days to address the bullpen. Newly acquired reliever Oliver Drake, picked up for cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, has to be added to the 25-man roster. All-Star Andrew Miller is also expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list later in the week.
Allen, 25, will give the Indians an extra outfielder while Bradley Zimmer is day-to-day with a left shoulder injury sustained in a collision with the outfield wall on Saturday afternoon. Allen will be in the starting lineup for Cleveland on Sunday afternoon and will wear the number one in his return to the roster after previously wearing the number 53 in other stints with the Indians.
He was hitting .260 in 21 games for the Columbus Clippers with eight doubles and six stolen bases. He struck out in his only plate appearance with the Indians earlier this season.
The Indians have had a steady flow of relief arms coming through the roster in the last two weeks. Jeff Beliveau, Taylor, Evan Marshall, and Alexi Ogando have all had their contracts purchased by the Indians, and Beliveau has already been designated for assignment to make room for the next wave of arms.
Taylor, 25, had eaten up three and one-third innings of relief work since May 2. He appeared in three games in his four days on the roster, allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts and a walk. He was added to the 25- and 40-man rosters on Wednesday when the club designated Matt Belisle for assignment.
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