The Indians officially recalled reliever C.C. Lee on Friday, giving Terry Francona a 10-man bullpen heading into the weekend series with the Tigers.
While the 10-man pen won’t last long, it works out this weekend due to Saturday’s doubleheader. Since Zach McAllister was optioned to Columbus earlier this week, he’s eligible (due to Justin Masterson‘s injury) to be recalled again for the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday as the 26th man.
It’s some crafty roster maneuvering by the front office, and it buys them some time to sort out the staff for next week.
Masterson is eligible to return on Wednesday, but won’t be ready according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. In all likelihood, that leaves Danny Salazar as Wednesday’s starter, since McAllister will be on just three days rest and back in Columbus after the doubleheader.