The Cleveland Indians made a roster move ahead of their game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, purchasing the contract of Jeff Beliveau from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers for the second time this season.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians optioned Monday’s starter Adam Plutko to Columbus.
While the demotion of Plutko could be viewed as a negative, especially coming off of a rough start on Memorial Day against the White Sox when he allowed five runs in five innings of work, it should not be perceived that way. With Shane Bieber’s addition for Thursday’s game in Minnesota with the Twins, the Tribe rotation will be bumped back a day, moving Carlos Carrasco back to a Friday start and Trevor Bauer to Saturday (the latter threw a career-high 127 pitches on Sunday against the Houston Astros in a no-decision). Mike Clevinger would then throw on Sunday on regular rest before an off day Monday, allowing Corey Kluber to pitch on an extra day’s rest on Tuesday before Carrasco makes his regular turn on Wednesday.
Coupled with another off day next Thursday, the Indians would not need a fifth starter until June 12 for their second game in Chicago against the White Sox.
Plutko could have remained with the Indians and gotten in some work out of the bullpen, but the Indians want to make sure that he is regularly used and remains stretched out for starting pitching duties.
Beliveau, a 31-year-old left-hander, returns to the Indians bullpen, but that stay could be short as Cleveland will be adding his teammate from Columbus, Bieber, to both the 25- and 40-man rosters on Thursday.
He appeared in five games for the Indians after his contract was purchased from Columbus on April 26 when Andrew Miller was placed on the disabled list for the first time this year. Beliveau appeared in five games and initially looked good in his April outings, but when the calendar flipped to May, he was hit hard. He allowed three runs on two hits and did not retire a batter on May 1 against Texas and followed by giving up one run on two hits with two walks in ninth inning mop-up duty in a 13-4 win over Toronto on May 3.
He was designated for assignment by the Indians on May 4 and later accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A. Since returning to the Clippers, he has taken the mound seven times but made only three scoreless appearances. In six and two-thirds innings since May 11, he has allowed eight runs on nine hits, posting a 10.80 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP with opposing batters hitting .321 against him in that span.
Combined with his first stint at Columbus, Beliveau is 0-1 in 14 games with a 4.70 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings.
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