Manship pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing only a walk, in Saturday's loss to Boston. After a great start to the season, Manship has been hit hard recently, allowing six runs in his last 5.1 innings of work. The veteran has a 8.10 ERA this month, which may be due to an increased workload and heavier competition. Nonetheless, Manship has been a mainstay in the Cleveland bullpen this season and should continue to see opportunities.
Manship hasn't allowed a run in four appearances this season, only giving up one hit in his four innings of work. Despite not allowing a run, Manship hasn't been perfect this season throwing a 2:3 K:BB. At some point, allowing more walks than strikeouts will likely come back to bite the 31-year-old reliever with a career 5.12 ERA.
Manship, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, still figures to fill a middle relief role for the Indians in 2016. Manship's price tag ($765,000) should give him a leg up on the competition in a crowded bullpen from the right side but Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw figure to handle the late-inning work and Zach McAllister will factor into things as well. It's hard to count on a repeat performance and he'd need a lot of things to break right to enter into a more fantasy-relevant role in 2016.
Manship and the Indians agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday, avoiding arbitration. Manship will see his salary jump up to $765,000 next season after a stellar 2015 campaign in which he posted a 0.92 ERA across 39.1 innings. It was the lowest ERA of any major league pitcher who tossed at least 30 innings last season.
The Indians recalled pitchers Kyle Crockett and Jeff Manship from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. They also optioned infielder Zach Walters to Triple-A.