Indians set to add Seddon to big league rotation

Indians set to add Seddon to big league rotation

DETROIT -- The Indians signed left-hander Chris Seddon over the offseason to add some experience and depth to their Triple-A rotation. Given his performance, Cleveland is giving the lefty another shot in the big leagues.

On Friday, Indians manager Manny Acta announced that the team is expecting to promote Seddon from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Tigers on Sunday. Seddon will slide in the rotation spot that was opened when the club designated Derek Lowe for assignment on Thursday.

"He's pitched very well at Triple-A," Acta said of Seddon. "Our staff felt that he could come up here and compete and give us a chance to win. He has pitched very well the whole year. He has four pitches that he throws over the plate. He's been good."

In 20 starts for the Clippers this season, the 28-year-old Seddon has gone 11-5 with a 3.44 ERA, piling up 108 strikeouts against 27 walks in 123 innings. The lefty has gone 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in his last 10 starts, including a 4-0 showing with a 2.93 ERA for Columbus in July.

Seddon has pitched in 21 big league games between stints with the Marlins (2007) and Mariners ('10).

"He's been around," Acta said. "I don't think he's going to be rattled by being up here."

Seddon will join a rotation that has been laboring. Entering Friday, the Tribe's starting staff had gone 0-5 with an 11.93 ERA (38 earned runs in 28 2/3 innings) through six games on the current road trip. Along the way, Lowe lost his spot on the team and Josh Tomlin was moved to the bullpen.

Looming on the horizon is right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who is currently working through a Minor League rehab assignment while serving a three-week suspension for using a false identity (Fausto Carmona). Hernandez, who is slated to pitch for Class A Lake County on Sunday, is eligible to rejoin the Indians on Aug. 11.

Hernandez would likely assume one of the rotation spots held by Seddon or rookie right-hander Corey Kluber.

"We're going to see what the next two starts [from Seddon and Kluber] bring," Acta said. "But we're anticipating that [Hernandez] should be ready whenever it's time to bring him up."