CHICAGO -- The Indians made a roster move involving their beleaguered bullpen on Monday, but it wasn't a move they expected or wanted to make. Right-hander Tom Mastny was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take the place of right-hander Scott Elarton, who was indefinitely placed on the restricted list. Elarton, who arrived with the club in Chicago on Sunday night, called manager Eric Wedge on Monday to inform him he had to leave the team for personal reasons.
Wedge did not wish to divulge the specifics of the situation to the media, saying only that Elarton, who was 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight appearances as the club's long reliever, returned to Cleveland on Monday. "There's not much I can say," Wedge said. "He has some personal things he has to take care of. There's nothing I can say outside of that." Wedge, however, could say plenty about how well Mastny has been pitching with the Bisons. This will be Mastny's third stint with the big league club this year. He was last seen making a brief and disastrous spot start in Texas on June 3, but he recovered quite well in the Buffalo bullpen. Mastny did not allow an earned run in nine June appearances. The Indians had called on Mastny to make the spot start against the Rangers, in which he gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings, when Jake Westbrook was a late scratch with an elbow injury that led to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. "That was a tough spot for [Mastny]," Wedge said. "He really took one for the team. He did a great job going down and staying focused on what he needed to do to get better. He really earned the opportunity to get better." For the season at Buffalo, the 27-year-old Mastny was 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 19 appearances. He struck out 34 and walked eight in 26 1/3 innings while limiting the opposition to a .211 average. In promoting Mastny, the Indians passed on at least two other noteworthy candidates -- Jensen Lewis, who has held the opposition scoreless over his last four innings, and Brian Slocum, who has allowed just one earned run over 12 innings in six appearances since being moved to the 'pen earlier this month.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.