The Indians reintroduce the right hand Zach Plesac from the 10-day injury list to start tonight’s match against the Royals, the team informed reporters (including Mandy Bell from MLB.com). Righty JC Mejia was chosen for Triple-A Columbus to create active roster space.
Plesac has been missing for about a month and a half since he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb in late May. Before the injury, the 26-year-old had thrown 58 2/3 innings of 4.14 ERA / 4.50 SIERA ball over his first ten starts. It’s a step back from the sterling 2.28 ERA / 3.41 SIERA he hit over 55 1/3 images in 2020, but it’s still solid production.
Cleveland has not gotten much decent work from the starting lineup in recent weeks. The Indians lost Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale to IL stints of their own after Plesac fell, leaving them relying on an untested rotation. Over the past month, Indians have started for a dismal 7.1
Mejia has been a big part of these fights. During his seven starts, the 24-year-old has given up 25 runs in 25 1/3 innings. It has also been a difficult season too Triston McKenzie, which has gone 20.6% of opposing hitters on its way to a 6.38 ERA. That led the Indians to choose McKenzie last month, but he will be recalled to start tomorrow’s match, says Zack Meisel from Athletic (Twitter link).