McAllister: "I took advantage of the opportunity to improve"
JUL 12, 2014 2:07p ET
CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister is hoping that the momentum he gained in Columbus can continue today.
The right-hander was called up on Saturday and will make his first major league start since May 21 as the Indians take on the White Sox. McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA) won three of his first four starts but went 0-4 with a 9.51 ERA in his last six. That included allowing 17 runs (16 earned) in his final 4 2/3 innings of work in three games.
McAllister was placed on the disabled list on May 22 due to a low back strain and was sent down a month later after coming off the DL when the Tribe went with just a four-man rotation for a week.
At Columbus, McAllister was 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. He has gone at least six innings in all but one of the starts.
"It's always tough when you're not where you want to be but I took advantage of the opportunity and tried to get better from it. I'm happy with how I've thrown down there," he said.
This is McAllister's eighth career start against the White Sox. He is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA against them, which is the lowest ERA he has against any American League opponent he has faced two or more times.
HEADED DOWN: To make room for McAllister, the Indians optioned Vinnie Pestano to Columbus. Pestano was 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA in his 10 appearances since June 20 and allowed only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.
Right-handers batted .258 against Pestano but lefties were 7 of 13 with a home run.
"Trying to gage where is not the easiest thing," said Terry Francona. "He was doing a good job against right handers but that's not always the easiest to get those matchups all the time and when you have a normal bullpen that is more challenging. That doesn't mean he won't be back, just for now that's what we decided."
DICKERSON OUT OF LINEUP: Chris Dickerson, who has hit safely in all five games he has played since joining the Indians last Monday, won't be in the lineup today due to tightness in his left hamstring. There is a possibility he could be available as a pinch hitter. Mike Aviles will get the start in left and bat ninth.
Francona said Aviles would play tomorrow, which is the last game before the All-Star break and that Ryan Raburn would also be in the lineup. Francona is trying to spread the at-bats around before the four-day break.
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