In the Cleveland Indians organization, the front office sometimes has a little fun making roster moves. That most certainly is the case with the move that sends Carlos Carrasco down to triple-A and calls up T.J. House. House is coming up to add depth to the bullpen which is not strange in the middle of the season for a contending team. What is odd is the fact that, in all likelihood, Carrasco will not miss one MLB start while in the minors. I can tell you might be confused like I was at first. Allow me to explain the brilliance of this move.
When a team sends a player to the minor leagues they must stay there a minimum of ten days without being called up. There is an exception to that rule however. On days where there is a double header, that rule does not apply. Check this out. Carrasco goes down to triple-A technically the beginning of the week. On the fifth day, which would be his scheduled start day, the Indians have a double-header. They can call Carrasco up to be the 26th man on the roster for that day only since the teams are allowed to call up an extra man during twin-bills.
All they would have to do is call him up after his ten day limit passes and in all probability he would have been optioned to triple-A and will not miss one start at the big league level. I don’t know about you but I think that is pretty awesome. I’m sure they aren’t the only ones to have thought of this but I doubt it works this well usually. The result will be an extra arm in the pen for ten days at least while not losing a starting pitcher. Its tip-of-the-cap time, in honor of the Indians front office genius. Way to go gentlemen.