Mastny starts tonight
The Indians have announced that RHP Tom Mastny will get tonight’s start against the Rangers.
Mastny is a starter-turned-reliever who will get his first starting nod at the big-league level. He’s making an emergency start in place of the injured Jake Westbrook, who is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The Indians called Mastny up on Monday to round out their bullpen. He had given up just one earned run over his last nine innings of work at Buffalo.
So, obviously, the Indians are going with the option of tossing a bunch of relievers out there tonight and hoping for the best. And I’m sure they’ll get Jeremy Sowers lined up at Buffalo to come up and rejoin the rotation, with Westbrook out.
UPDATE: RHP Jensen Lewis is getting the call from Buffalo, as Westbrook is officially moved to the DL. Lewis was sent down a couple weeks back to get his velocity and command back in order. The Indians needed an extra bullpen arm for this week, as they’ll have to burn through several guys to get through tonight’s game. Lewis gave up two runs in four innings of work at Buffalo. He had a 3.58 ERA in 20 appearances up here before his May 24 demotion.