CLEVELAND – Danny Salazar was the lone Indians player to spend time on the paternity list in 2016.
Nine months later, the club has already doubled their previous total in a matter of two weeks. One of those names is set to return heading into a crucial weekend series against the Twins at Progressive Field.
The Tribe reinstated Cody Allen from the paternity list on Friday afternoon, one week after Michael Brantley did the same before landing on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
“[Allen] was texting me yesterday, and kind of running me through it, because they get three days [on the paternity list], and kind of saying, ‘Hey, I think I can be back tomorrow.’ But, with having a baby and everything, I said, ‘You take care of what you’ve got to take care of.’ I said, ‘If you can come back, we’re thrilled, but you take care of what you’ve got to take care of.’ So, he texted me this morning and said, ‘I’m good to go,'” said manager Terry Francona.
Adam Plutko will head back to Triple-A Columbus after spending seven days with the club but failing to make an appearance out of the bullpen.
Allen has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities, going 0-2 with a 2.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and .245 opposing batting average through 27 appearances (27 innings) out of the bullpen this year.
The 28-year-old’s career-high batting average on balls in play (.358 BABIP) indicates he is due for better numbers moving forward…
Plutko could be an option later in the campaign if Cleveland needs a long reliever or spot start.
“We talked to Plutko and he’s going back to Triple-A,” Francona said. “He was going to throw a side with Mickey today and then they’ll get him back in the rotation in Triple-A.”
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.