House was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The left-handed House has only appeared in four games with the Indians this season, notching a 3.38 ERA with two strikeouts and six hits allowed over 2.2 innings of work. With House gone, the Indians will be working with a short bullpen that does not feature a lefty. The Indians recalled infielder Erik Gonzalez in a corresponding move Thursday.
House was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Monday. House hasn't necessarily been spectacular in the minors this season, as the lefty has surrendered a 4.45 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over 19 appearances (12 starts) for Columbus. He'll likely take on a role as a lefty specialist, similar to that of Tom Gorzellany, who was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The Indians optioned House to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. House did not pitch well enough this spring to factor into the mix for a spot in the Indians' rotation, but he did make four starts for the big club last season and 18 the year before, so he stands a chance to start for the Indians at some point this season.
House tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, in his latest start Sunday. House has pitched well at times but is still struggling to find his curveball which may be all it takes to send him down to Triple-A Columbus to start the season. The Indians will use their fifth starter sparingly in the first month of the season and the Indians figure to let House get regular work at Triple-A after missing the bulk of last year with a shoulder injury.
House tossed a pair of perfect innings and struck out one in his second appearance of the spring Saturday. House's second appearance of the spring went better than his first but he's still likely behind Josh Tomlin in the battle for the fifth starter spot.