August 23, 2014

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Tribe notes: Herrmann called up to help bullpen

CLEVELAND — The Indians added another player from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, recalling right-hander Frank Herrmann to pitch out of the bullpen.

Herrmann joins September call-ups, infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler, outfielder Thomas Neal and LHP Scott Barnes, who were promoted on the first day of roster expansion Saturday.

It is the second stint with the Indians this season for Herrmann, who appeared in 40 games out of Cleveland’s bullpen last year, but failed to make the club out of training camp.

He has spent the bulk of the season with the Clippers, owning a 2-2 record with a 4.78 ERA and eight saves in a team-high 42 games. The Harvard graduate allowed a run on two hits Sunday and struck out three over two innings. He has posted a 4.70 ERA in five appearances for the Indians this year.

Neal, acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for Orlando Cabrera, was promoted from Double-A Akron after batting .314 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs in 112 games for the Aeros.

He made his big league debut Sunday and collected his first hit — an RBI double — under odd circumstances in the eighth inning, with jets from the nearby Cleveland Air Show flying overhead as he swung.

“That was pretty crazy to have those jets flying over while I’m swinging,” Neal said. “I was telling (Michael) Brantley that I couldn’t even tell what pitch it was. It it was so loud.”

The 24-year-old Neal, a 37th-round draft pick of the Giants in 2005, struck out in his first two at-bats and admitted to being nervous.

“I think it took me about six innings to kind of calm down and get my feet under me,” he said.

Barnes is back for his fourth stint with the Indians, spending the bulk of the year in Columbus, where he is 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA and two saves in 31 appearances.

He tossed two scoreless innings Sunday and struck out one, owning a 6.75 ERA in eight games for Cleveland.

Closed closer

Right-hander Chris Perez was not with the team for the second straight game, following the birth of his daughter Friday. Acta said Perez would join the team in Detroit on Tuesday.

Setup man Vinnie Pestano handled the closer duties Friday, earning his first save of the season in a 4-3 win. Pestano recorded the final four outs of the game, marking the first save of more than one inning by a Cleveland pitcher since Perez accomplished as much in 2010.

Next up

The Indians are on the road for the next 10 games, beginning a three-game series at Detroit today at 1:05 p.m.

Corey Kluber (0-3, 5.16 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing RHP Anibal Sanchez
(2-4, 5.29), while Justin Masterson (10-12, 4.91) goes for the Indians on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Rick Porcello (9-10, 4.57).

Ubaldo Jimenez (9-14, 5.61) starts the series finale Wednesday (7:05 p.m.), with the Tigers countering with RHP Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67).

Roundin’ third

Cleveland (0-10-1) hasn’t won a series since taking two of three from Detroit at Progressive Field from July 24-26.

• The Indians entered Sunday owning the second-best winning percentage in the majors in one-run games — 16-8 (.667).

• Texas manager Ron Washington won his 507th career game, tying him for second place on the Rangers’ all-time list behind current Boston manager Bobby Valentine’s 581.

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