The Indians have designated pitcher Bruce Chen for assignment, a day after he had his second poor start of the season. His spot on the roster will be filled by reliever Austin Adams.
The Indians were lucky to escape with a victory Friday night, after Chen failed to finish the 3rd inning. He'd given up 7 hits, including 2 home runs, by the time he was lifted. Last weekend, in his first appearance for the Tribe, Chen gave up 6 runs on 10 hits in 4 innings. His ERA is 12.79 and he's allowed almost 3 base runners an inning. So, I think it's safe to say today's move comes as no surprise.
Chen had done well in Triple-A with Columbus, and it's possible he'll end up back there. Even if he does though, I think it would take a lot going wrong for him to start another game for the Indians.
T.J. House pitched 3 shutout innings Friday night in his first rehab appearance. I would think management wants him to make another minor league start before rejoining the team, but perhaps they'll bring him back next week. It's also possible Shaun Marcum will get the nod.
In the meantime, the right-handed Adams gives Terry Francona another bullpen option. He pitched 4.2 innings for the Tribe earlier this season and has mostly worked as closer for the Clippers.