Only eight games into the regular season, with the starting rotation not even having made two full cycles yet, the Indians have already decided to make a change, and will call up Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus in time to start Saturday's game against the Twins. Corey Kluber will start Friday's series opener in Minnesota, and T.J. House will be pushed back from Saturday to Sunday's game. Zach McAllister will be moved to the bullpen.
Salazar has a much higher ceiling, and McAllister was not impressive in his one start last week, but I'm a little surprised to see a move like this come so quickly. I don't think one bad start (5 runs on 13 hits) against a very good lineup should be enough for someone to lose a job they'd apparently earned with a very strong spring training, but I can't argue with those who've said McAllister hasn't looked good, even in his more successful relief appearance on Tuesday, when he entered the game in the 1st inning after Carlos Carrasco was hit by the comebacker.
Salazar, to his credit, followed up a rough spring with a very impressive first start of the season for the Clippers, in which he struck out 7 in 6 shutout innings, all without walking anyone. He seemed to figure things out during a extended stint in Columbus last season, and perhaps the coaching staff feels he's already made a couple adjustments and is ready to be successful. Kluber, Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer have impressed during the season's first week and a half. A top form Danny Salazar could give the Tribe one of the top rotations in baseball.