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Cleveland Indians recall Tyler Holt to take David Murphy's spot

Holt offers mainly speed and defensive ability, two things that the Tribe has sorely lacked this season.

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With David Murphy having been traded to the Angels last night, there was an open spot in the outfield. That spot has now been filled by the 26yo right-handed Tyler Holt, who last appeared for the Tribe in a couple of rather inauspicious games against the Blue Jays at the start of May. He made his debut last July and went on to feature in 36 games last season, hitting just .268/.307/.296, but valued at 0.3 fWAR overall because of his defensive contributions.

Holt has been having a pretty decent year in Columbus, hitting .286/.369/.348 with 20 steals and five CS. He has been splitting time more or less evenly between CF, LF and RF, so we could potentially see him in all three spots, perhaps even platooning in CF with Michael Bourn when there is a LH starter on the mound.

Fresh from hitting the go-ahead run in the Clippers' victory last night, Holt will start in LF in this afternoon's game against the Royals (with Michael Brantley switching to DH), batting No.9.

However, it seems highly likely that his stay on the bigs will again be a short one, since Nick Swisher is now halfway through the permitted maximum of 20 days of rehab in the minors, and Tito is clearly still wedded to the idea of having (and not using) an eight-man bullpen.