The Cleveland Indians have placed reliever Nick Hagadone on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, retroactive to Tuesday. Hagadone last pitched an inning on Sunday in a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
To date, 2015 has been a ho-hum season for Hagadone. He is on pace to up the third highest earned run average of his career (4.28 ERA), as well as his third highest strikeout rate (9.22 K/9) and fourth highest walk rate (3.95 BB/9). With only four more innings pitched, he will pass his career high number of innings pitched in a single season, which he did when he threw 31.1 innings for the Tribe in 2013.
While he has had some struggles in recent outings – including June 17 when he allowed three runs on three hits – Hagadone did go for a seven-game stretch in late-May to early-June where he did not allow a single run.
Replacing Hagadone on the roster will be Kyle Crockett, who the Indians have recalled from Triple-A Columbus. In five appearances with the major league club this year, Crockett has allowed one hit, three walks, and zero runs. Playing for the Columbus Clippers, he has a 6.33 ERA with an 8.00 K/9 and 3.67 BB/9 in 27.0 innings of work.
Hagadone's back has reportedly been hurting for a while now and, understandably, the Indians want to take advantage of the extended All-Star break to give the injury a chance to get better before they (hopefully) attempt a final push for a playoff spot.
Francona said Hagadone was feeling better, but #Indians wanted to take advantage of upcoming All-Star break to get him healthy.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) July 8, 2015