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Indians to Start Zach McAllister Today Against Jays; DFA Martinez, Bring Up Morimando From AA

After Friday’s marathon 18 inning 2-1 win over the Blue Jays and another game against them today, the Indians made another roster move to add a pitcher to the roster.

The team called up lefty pitcher Shawn Morimando from AA Akron, and designated utility man Michael Martinez for assignment.

The 23-year-old Morimando has been with Akron the whole year, and was 10-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 games/starts (93.1IP, 77H, 32ER, 36BB, 73SO, .225 avg).

The six-foot, 200-pound southpaw won each of his first nine decisions of the season, while posting a 1.64 ERA (12ER/66.0IP) through 11 starts. Morimando currently leads the Eastern League in wins while ranking second in innings pitched, sixth in strikeouts & eighth in ERA.

The Virginia Beach, Va. native will be making his Major League debut after being added to the 40-man roster in November of 2015. He was selected by Cleveland in the 19th round (578th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The Tribe needs arms today, as their bullpen Friday pitched 13 innings with no runs, four hits and 10 strikeouts, the most scoreless innings in relief for the Indians since 1916.

The team announced that Zach McAllister, who threw in the game on Friday out of the pen, will get his first start of 2016 today. McAllister hasn’t started a game since April 10th of the last season, the Indians home opener vs the Tigers.

Since then, he’s been out of the pen as mostly a middle relief pitcher. This season he’s 2-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 28 games for the Tribe, who will look for 15 in a row today against the Jays.

Martinez played in 32 games with Cleveland this season, batting .283 (17-60) with 3 doubles, one HR, 3 RBI and 10 runs scored. The veteran utility man has appeared at all three outfield positions, in addition to second and third base.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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