Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/25/12

With young relief pitcher Nick Hagadone having a rough stretch of play at the major league level, it appears the left-hander will be sent down to Columbus to iron out a few kinks. In his place, the Indians are prepared to promote relief pitcher Scott Barnes.

Hagadone has allowed nine earned runs over his last four appearances, the most recent being a three-run outing in a mere two-thirds of an inning against the Houston Astros, effectively placing a winnable game out of reach. In 22.2 innings, Hagadone has fanned 24 but has also allowed 15 runs on 20 hits, with 12 bases on balls.

Barnes had a sucessful stint with the Indians when the team was forced to place veteran third baseman Jack Hannahan on the disabled list. While the left-handed Barnes was thumped by the Reds prior to being sent back to Columbus, he allowed a mere one run over his first three appearances with the club.

Barnes was acquired in 2009 when the Indians traded Ryan Garko to the San Francisco Giants.

[Related: Indians Weekend Wrapup: The Left-Handed Starter Problems Continue]

 

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