The Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher T.J. House in the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation. Outfielder Tyler Holt has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his spot on the active roster.
House has struggled mightily so far this season, so while an injury is never really good news, I suppose this move allows us to take some comfort in the possibility that House is actually a much better pitcher than we've seen during the last month, and just needs some time to get back to 100%.
House is 0-4 in his four starts so far this season, with a 13.15 ERA (not a typo) in just 13 innings. He's walked nearly twice as many as he's struck out, and has allowed an average of 2.5 base runners per inning pitched. If he hadn't been placed on the DL, I suspect he would have been optioned to Columbus, because you can't keep sending a guy with those numbers out, not if you're holding on to any hopes of contention.
Holt, a 26-year-old right-handed hitter, is probably a better defender than any of the outfielders on the roster, so he makes for a good late-inning replacement. He also has an .832 OPS in 75 plate appearances so far this year for the Clippers, so his bat might represent an upgrade over a couple other guys as well. He doesn't have much power to speak of, but he gets on base at a decent clip, and is a good base runner.
Today's move does not answer the question of who takes House's spot in the rotation. With an off day on Monday though, the team doesn't need a fifth starter until next
Sunday (May 10) Saturday (May 9), so we've got a little time to speculate and debate between Zach McAllister, Shaun Marcum, and Bruce Chen. Neither of those last two is on the 40-man roster though, so if you're making the case for one of them, be sure to consider who you think should be given the boot to make room for them.