CLEVELAND – Danny Salazar was the lone Indians player to spend time on the paternity list in 2016.
One season later, the club has already doubled their previous total in a matter of two weeks.
The Tribe placed Cody Allen on the paternity list to be with his wife and newly born son, six days after Michael Brantley did the same. Mike Clevinger will fill the void and make his eighth start of the season vs. Baltimore on Thursday night from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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…
Clevinger has made significantly strides since his erratic rookie campaign, keeping the ball low in the zone and registering career-lows in ERA (3.89), walks per nine innings (4.38), opposing batting average (.192) and WHIP (1.16).
With Salazar (right shoulder soreness) on the 10-day disabled list, Clevinger figures to retain his spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
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.