Josh Outman, the player acquired for outfielder Drew Stubbs just a few months ago ((For those wondering, Stubbs is hitting .303 (.796 OPS) through 55 games on the season, stealing seven bases having yet to be caught. He’s also quadrupled his WAR (1.2) over all of last season (0.3). That thin air, man.)), has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians. Outman posted a 3.24 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings, but the showed very little control, walking 16. He labored through a 40-pitch outing earlier this week, but has still managed to hold left-handed hitters to a .180 average. He was out of minor league options, so the Indians have 10 days to trade him, release him or try to pass him through waivers—a place the left-hander will likely garner some interest.
Zach McAllister will take Outman’s spot on the 40-man roster, activated from the disabled list after sustaining a lower back strain. Sitting at 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 starts this season, McAllister is expected to take the hill on Thursday when the Indians take on Garrett Richards (with his team-leading 2.87 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels.
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