According to the Cleveland Indians official Twitter, Joba Chamberlain will be heading to the DL with a left intercostal strain. Coming up from Triple-A to take his place is LHP Ryan Merritt:
Roster moves:— #VoteTribe (@Indians) May 23, 2016
+ Ryan Merritt (No. 54)/Cody Anderson (26th man for DH) recalled
+ Joba to DL (L intercostal strain) pic.twitter.com/HP4nfEECHL
Chamberlain has pitched well for the Tribe so far this season, giving up only three runs in 14 innings of work while striking out 15 and walking 6 (including 1 IBB).
Anderson, as everyone knows, has really struggled at the major league level this season. So far, in 32.2 innings of work, Anderson has allowed 29 runs while striking out 22 and walking 7 (including 1 IBB). Anderson looks to get back on track today as he is slated to start Game 2 of tonight's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox as the team's allotted 26th man.
This will be LHP Ryan Merritt's first venture into the bigs. At only 24 years old, Merritt has pitched well for the Columbus Clippers so far this season, giving up only 17 runs in 52 innings of work while striking out 37 and walking eight.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about whether Mike Clevinger or Ryan Merritt would be taking the open slot in the Cleveland Indians rotation. The majority of readers thought that Clevinger deserved to start for Cleveland, but a good amount of people believed that Merritt should get a shot at the starting rotation as well. With the recent demotion of Kyle Crockett, the Indians have found themselves without a left-handed reliever in the bullpen, so Merritt may be coming up to bolster the bullpen. Or, depending on how well/poorly Anderson pitches, he may be getting a couple of starts in the very near future. At any rate, welcome to the show, Ryan!