Plutko was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday to make room for Cody Allen, who is returning from paternity leave.
Plutko returns to the minors after an uneventful stay in which he never made an appearance for the Indians and was only on the roster as a last resort. The right-hander has a 6.24 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 12 starts at Triple-A this season, numbers he will need to improve upon if he wants to receive a more permanent call-up down the road.
Plutko was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Plutko has been fairly inconsistent as a starter for the Clippers, producing a 6.24 ERA in 12 starts, although he'll head to the big leagues to provide a fresh arm while Michael Brantley (personal) is on the paternity list. He'll likely act in long relief, although his stay could be brief given that Brantley is expected to be back within the next few days.
Plutko has struggled this year with his consistency, but seems to be finding his groove after picking up wins in two of his last three starts at Triple-A Columbus.
The right-hander owns an unsightly 6.19 ERA and 1.56 WHIP through nine starts (48 innings), but to his credit, both numbers have been shrinking over his last six outings. After an awful first three starts, Plutko has run off four consecutive quality outings while building up his pitch count, averaging 95 deliveries per game during that stretch
Plutko is off to a rough start this season with Triple-A Columbus, going 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA and 2.02 WHIP through four starts.
The flame-throwing righty can't find success at MiLB's highest level. He was promoted to Triple-A in 2016 after posting strong marks for Double-A Akron, but Plutko's numbers fell off upon his arrival in Columbus. The 25-year-old was projected to make a few spot starts this season for the Indians, but that option will will be put on hold until his performance improves.
Pluko is slated to begin the season in Triple-A Columbus, but will be one of the top option for a promotion when the need for a starting pitcher arises, SB Nation reports.
Plutko was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft after leading the UCLA Bruins to the National Championship that year. He's blown through the Tribe's minor league system thanks to his excellent command of four pitches, including a fastball that tops out in the mid-90s. Plutko began 2016 at Double-A Akron where he performed admirably, earning a promotion to Columbus after 13 starts thanks in part to a solid 3.27 ERA and a 3.01 FIP. In his first taste of Triple-A, Plutko was solid, though unspectacular, averaging six innings per start and finishing with an ERA of 4.10 and a 3.97 FIP. The righty is worthy of attention in dynasty formats.
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