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Indians call up C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus

I knew it was a mistake for the Indians to promise a relief pitcher for every fan in attendance...

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The Indians have called up right-handed reliever C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus. No one had to be sent down to make room for Lee, because the roster was already at only 24 players, after Zach McAllister was sent back down the other day.

Lee, 27, has an unimpressive 4.12 ERA in 24 innings at Triple-A this season, but his strikeout, walk, and home run rates are all good, and it would seem he's been the victim of some bad luck, with a BABIP against him of .364.

Lee has already spent about five weeks with the Indians earlier this season, from early April to mid May. In 13 appearances he pitched only 11.1 innings, and was charged with 6 runs on 11 hits, with 11 strikeouts and 3 walks. He throws a fastball in the low 90s and a curve in the low 80s.

With this addition, the bullpen now has ten pitchers in it, which seems a bit excessive. Other moves will be coming soon, including (presumably) at least one reliever being sent back to Columbus, as the team will need to get some other starting pitchers on the roster soon. McAllister is expected up to start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit, but no one would need to be sent down to make room for him, due to the 26th man teams are allowed for such games. Tuesday's starter is still TBD though, so someone will be heading down by then.