MINNEAPOLIS -- While T.J. House had long been expected to make Monday's start against the Twins, no one was sure which player would be sent back down to make room on the 25-man roster.
The answer came Monday afternoon, when rookie reliever Austin Adams was optioned to Triple-A Columbus after two disappointing appearances this month.
Despite the rough outings -- including an earned run in 1 2/3 innings against Detroit on Sunday -- manager Terry Francona viewed Adams' time with the big league club as promising.
"I think we all thought that having him here and getting acclimated would really be good for his development," Francona said. "I think it was. He's got a big arm. A nice changeup that he hasn't used a lot, but he will."
The Indians called up Adams, the club's No. 19 prospect, on July 11, and he gave up three earned runs in one-third of an inning one day later against the White Sox. After Sunday's game, the Tribe needed to make room for House. But don't be surprised to see Adams back in the big leagues soon.
"We view Austin as a guy who's going to help us in our bullpen in the future," Francona said. "The future could be two weeks from now."
Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.