Kyle Crockett Made Josh Outman the Out-Man.


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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.


Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike loves writes about the game he loves most-- baseball. From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently resides in Northeast Ohio.