CLEVELAND — With Danny Salazar called up for today’s start against Baltimore, Tyler Holt was optioned to Columbus. The outfielder’s third stint though was more successful as he went 5 for 12 in his last three games and also got his first Major League hit.
Holt was called up Aug. 10 when David Murphy and Nick Swisher were placed on the disabled list.
"We got to play him a lot which is nice. He’s a kid that has gone level to level and a kid that coaching staffs like because he plays hard," manager Terry Francona said of Holt. "It’s hard to impact a team later in the year but he had a good way of doing that. When you call up young kids in the middle of the season and their enthusiasm plays up it is really fun to watch. This is not an indictment on his playing."
Holt is not expected to remain in Columbus for long, and could be among the September call ups if not sooner.
Salazar has his first career appearance against Baltimore today but he is 3-1 in his starts since the All-Star Break. With a young staff that still has roster options, Francona and GM Chris Antonetti have done plenty of shuffling to try and maximize things.
Also helping matters is four days off this month including one Monday. After Aug. 25, the Indians will play 30 straight days and won’t have another day off until Sept. 25, which is before the final regular-season series against Tampa Bay.
"We need to have guys have a lot left in the tank for the last quarter of the season," Francona said.
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