CLEVELAND -- After all the talk about staying the course with the relievers they have, the Indians changed their course following Tuesday's 8-7 victory over the Royals.
Shortly after watching his bullpen cough up six runs over the game's last two innings, manager Eric Wedge announced that the Indians will option left-hander Zach Jackson to Triple-A Columbus and promote left-hander Tony Sipp from the Clippers.
The move is being made because the Indians are increasingly desperate for late-inning setup help and, at the moment, need to scale back their use of struggling left-hander Rafael Perez in critical situations. Jackson, the long man in the 'pen, was not viewed as a candidate to work such late-game situations, so Sipp is getting the call.
Sipp, who is getting his first promotion to the bigs, fought his way back on the Tribe's radar after missing much of the last two seasons. He had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007 and recovered to have a strong showing in spring camp this year. The Indians weren't expected to promote Sipp so soon, as the seven innings he's pitched at Columbus (three runs allowed on eight hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts) are his first at the Triple-A level. But the increasingly beleaguered bullpen has forced their hand.
"We're working to try to get everybody back on track," Wedge said. "Tony is the guy for us right now. We're not quite sure how we're going to work him into the mix. A lot of it depends on how these other guys progress. We're taking it day by day right now with the struggles we've had here."
Jackson made this team because of the length he can provide out of the 'pen. He made just two appearances, posting a 5.79 ERA (three runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings).
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.