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Before Wednesday evenings rain out, the Indians activated pitcher Zach McAllister from the disabled list, two days before his scheduled start. To make roster space, the club designated lefty reliever Josh Outman for assignment. The team has 10 days to trade him, release him or try to pass him through waivers.
The move came as a bit of a surprise to most Tribe fans as Outman was seen as one of the Indians consistent relievers. He earned a 3.28 ERA over 24 2/3 innings and held left-handed hitters to a .180/.283/.380 this season.
The .380 SLG against, along with his 14% BB rate vs. lefties caused the Indians some concern, considering he made the 25-man roster as a LOOGY. These were well above his career average of .287 and 8% respectively. His low .188 BABIP rate vs. lefties also indicated an even sharper regression to his already discouraging statistics.
With the coming of age of rookie lefty reliever Kyle Crockett, it made this move easier for the Tribe’s front office.