Ohka up, Jackson out
In what has become a daily occurrence, the Indians made a roster move Thursday. And for the second straight day, the move affected the pitching staff.
This time, it was left-hander Zach Jackson pushing his way through the revolving door on his way back to Triple-A Columbus, with right-hander Tomo Ohka coming through on the other side.
Ohka, who was 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts at Columbus, figures to provide insurance in a Tribe bullpen depleted by the lengthy outings turned in by Jeremy Sowers, Greg Aquino and Luis Vizcaino this week.
The Indians signed Ohka to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training camp over the winter. Triple-A batters have hit .272 off him, and he’s issued 1.5 walks per nine innings. He last appeared in the Majors with the Blue Jays in 2007 and has made 184 big-league appearances for the Red Sox, Expos, Nationals, Brewers and Blue Jays, including 172 starts, since 1999.
Jackson rejoined the Tribe to make Wednesday’s spot start. He gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, over four innings for a no-decision in the Tribe’s eventual 12-7 win. He’ll slot back into the Columbus rotation.