House demoted

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 12, 2014

After earning his first Major League win over the weekend, Picayune’s T.J. House wound of back in the land of the no decision Thursday night.

Then he found himself back in Triple A.

House started for Cleveland against the visiting New York Yankees at Progressive Field, and left the game with his Inidians trailing 3-0 in the fifth frame.

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Cleveland rallied to win the game 9-3 with nine runs in the final two innings.

It marked the sixth time in his nine starts that House has taken a no decision.

Friday afternoon, House was optioned back to Triple A Columbus by the Indians.

The move seems to signal that the Indians seem to be structuring their roster around the upcoming All-Star break.

Replacing House on the Indians roster is hard-throwing righty reliever Austin Adams who was brought up from Columbus and on to the big league roster for the first time.

The move may not have been any indication of House’s latest effort. With the break coming Monday, House wouldn’t have started for at least a week and given the innings the Indian bullpen has been used recently, 19 1/3 innings during the four-game series against the Yankees, manager Terry Francona likely decided that a 10th reliever was necessary.

The Indians are likely to recall starting pitcher Zach McAllister on Saturday to pitch against the White Sox. It was an injury to McAllister some even weeks ago that prompted House to join the Indians..

In 30 appearances with the Clippers, Adams posted a 2.29 ERA, with 35 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Adams was the organization’s fifth-round draft choice in 2009.

House compiled a 4.40 ERA in nine outings (eight starts) with the Indians. He stands 1-2 with the Indians.

The Indians are in the midst of an 11 game homestand to wrap up the first half of the season. They face the White Sox in a three game stand that started Friday night.

The Major League All-Star Game is set for Tuesday in Minnesota.