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Indians recall Holt, option McAllister to Columbus

August 1, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus and designated right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister for assignment for the purpose of optional assignment to Columbus.

Holt, 25, has spent the majority of the season with AAA Columbus after starting off the campaign in AA Akron. Combined on the year between the two stops he has hit .310 (72-418) with 19 doubles, 2 home runs, 29 RBI and 30 steals in 36 attempts. He leads all Indians farmhands in runs scored (72) and steals.  With Columbus he owns a .317 (69-218) mark with 15 2B, 2HR, 15RBI and 59 runs scored in 57 games and is coming off a July where he hit .357 (35-98) with 28 runs scored in 25 games (.422OB%).  The right-handed hitting Florida State alum has also hit at a .406 (28-69, 1.001OPS) clip vs. LHP at Triple-A. Holt begins his second stint with Cleveland after making his MLB debut as a defensive replacement on July 6 during a two-day stint, July 6-7.

McAllister, is 3-6 with a 5.91 ERA in 14 starts for the Indians this season. In 67.0 innings he has allowed 76 hits, 7 homers, 26 walks and has 54 strikeouts.

For those wondering, optional assignment waivers must be secured before a player can be optioned to the minors once he has reached the third anniversary of being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time, or the two-year anniversary if the player spent one full season on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time, or the one-year anniversary if the player spent two full seasons on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time.

Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable and can be withdrawn if a claim is made, but if a player is claimed off Optional Assignment Waivers and the waiver request is subsequently withdrawn, the player cannot be placed on Optional Assignment Waivers again for at least 30 days from the date the waiver request is withdrawn, and if a player is placed on Optional Assignment Waivers a second time in the same waiver period, the waivers become irrevocable and the request cannot be withdrawn.

In a nutshell, the Indians won't lose McAllister as this is but a formality.

User Comments

August 1, 2014 - 9:20 PM EDT
Glad Holt is back up. I was worried about a Moonlight Graham scenario. He played in a game earlier this year, but he didn't get an at bat.
August 1, 2014 - 6:56 PM EDT
Play Holt. Why not????
August 1, 2014 - 6:30 PM EDT
If he is withdrawn from the waivers because of a claim, are the Indians forced to keep him on the 25 man or do they just withdraw him from waivers and still send him to AAA?

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