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Indians Update: McAllister Earns Rotation Spot, Brantley Returns


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Zach McAllister stepped into Terry Francona’s office on Sunday expecting to be told to clear out his locker and move his stuff to the club’s minor-league complex. Instead, he was told that he will be joining the Indians when they leave Goodyear, Arizona and head to Toronto to open the season in three weeks as a member of the ball club’s starting rotation. At 25-years old, McAllister is expected to join Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers in the Tribe’s starting five after going 6-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 starts last season for the Indians. This spring, McAllister has pitched in 11 innings and has posted a 4.09 ERA but has impressed the Tribe’s front office enough to allow him to earn a spot on their Opening Day roster.

Michael Brantley returned to action on Sunday after spending two weeks recovering from a forearm laceration suffered in the Tribe’s fourth Cactus League game on February 25. Brantley required 15 stitches to close the wound, but he is now recovered and is expected to be ready to go on Opening Day. With the addition of Michael Bourne and Drew Stubbs, Brantley is expected to play mostly left field this year after serving as the Tribe’s center fielder for much of the 2012 campaign.



By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent