After a strong showing as a rookie last season Indians left-hander T.J. House has been a mess this year with an 0-4 record and 13.15 ERA in four starts and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
House had a 3.35 ERA and 80/22 K/BB ratio in 102 innings last season, but had more walks (12) than strikeouts (7) while allowing 19 runs in 13 innings this year. His velocity was also down a couple miles per hour, so something clearly wasn’t right with the 25-year-old lefty.
Rather than add another pitcher to the roster in House’s place the Indians have called up 26-year-old center fielder Tyler Holt, who could see some action in place of struggling veteran Michael Bourn.
Watch as Miguel Cabrera goes way deep Sunday off Indians left-hander T.J. House …
That was the first home run of the season for Cabrera, who’s hitting .478/.538/.652 through 23 at-bats.
The Indians took a gamble that Gavin Floyd would be healthy this season when they gave him a one-year, $4 million deal over the winter, but they might not get anything from him.
Floyd re-injured the olecranon bone in his elbow last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he will undergo surgery tomorrow. Indians manager Terry Francona expects him “to miss a good portion, if not the whole year.”
The 32-year-old Floyd had a solid run as a mid-rotation starter with the White Sox, compiling a 4.12 ERA from 2008-2012 while making at least 29 starts, but he has been limited to just 14 starts since the start of 2013.
With Floyd now out of the mix, Danny Salazar and T.J. House appear likely to begin the season with rotation spots.
Sad news for Gavin Floyd.
He came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to pitch well for the Braves last season only to fracture his elbow. Then he came back from a fractured elbow to sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Indians this year.
And now he’s been diagnosed with a stress fracture in the same elbow. Now word yet on what the plan is for Floyd, but surgery is said to be an option and whatever the case it’s not good.
Danny Salazar and T.J. House now both look likely to be in the Indians’ rotation.
The Indians have secured some additional rotation depth, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club has added veteran left-hander Bruce Chen on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He would have a $1 million base salary if he makes the big club and could make $1 million more with incentives.
Chen has pitched for 10 teams in the majors, but he has spent the last six seasons with the Royals. The 37-year-old dealt with a back injury last season while posting a 7.45 ERA over seven starts and six relief appearances. He was designated for assignment in late August and ultimately given his release in September.
With Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Gavin Floyd, Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Josh Tomlin, and Zach McAllister, the Indians already have more starters than available rotation spots, so Chen will mostly function as insurance.