Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 7/20/12

The Indians announced another swap in the bullpen this afternoon, with young righty Cody Allen coming up from AAA Columbus to replace lefty Scott Barnes:

RHP Cody Allen promoted from AAA Columbus. Has a 1.87 ERA in 31 games this year (43.1IP, 25H, 9ER, 9BB,53K) w/a .166 (25-151)average against

— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 20, 2012

Allen was selected in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft out of High Pt Univ (NC). Is just 2nd member of 2011 draft class to reach MLB (Bauer)

— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 20, 2012

Allen, 23, hits in the mid-90s with his fastball and also has a good slider. He also was drafted by the Indians in the 16th round in 2010, but failed to sign. After starting in High-A Carolina in April, he has shot up through the system and emerged as one of the organization’s top prospects.

Barnes, 24, was acquired in the Ryan Garko trade with the San Francisco Giants in 2009. He had an 8.10 ERA in 7 bullpen appearances for the Tribe, allowing 12 hits and seven walks against 10 strikeouts in 10.0 IP. He was just recently converted to the ‘pen in May with Columbus, and went 7-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) last year for the Clips before tearing his ACL in July.

This now means that Tony Sipp is the lone lefty pitcher for Cleveland. Meanwhile, rehabbing lefty reliever Rafael Perez (lat strain) pitched a scoreless inning for Columbus on Wednesday and could be back in Cleveland by next week.

[Related: WFNY Wednesday Wahoos: Indians Minor League Weekly Review 7/18]

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