Sipp coming up; Jackson optioned
So much for that talk about staying the course with the relieves on hand. Eric Wedge announced after tonight’s 8-7 win that Tony Sipp is being promoted from Triple-A Columbus, with Zach Jackson getting optioned out.
Sipp might not slide right into the late-inning setup role, but with Rafael Perez (and everybody else) struggling in setup situations, Sipp will bring some new blood. Jackson was never viewed as a candidate to work late in games. He was the long man, and he posted a 5.79 ERA in two appearances.
I don’t think the Indians intended to promote Sipp (0-0, 3.86 ERA in seven innings at Columbus) so soon, but this battered bullpen forced their hand.
“We’re working to try to get everybody back on track,” Wedge said. “Tony is the guy for us right now. We’re not quite sure how we’re going to work him into the mix. A lot of it depends on how these other guys progress. We’re taking it day by day right now with the struggles we’ve had here.”