Otero was activated from the paternity list prior to Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He was away from the team for a couple days, but will be available out of the bullpen for the twin bill. Otero notched a 0.87 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings in August.
Otero was placed on the paternity list Wednesday. Otero will be away from the team up to three days, meaning he could miss as many as four contests with the Indians playing doubleheaders Wednesday and Friday. In order to cover for Otero's absence, the Indians recalled Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus to serve as the 26th man for Wednesday's twin bill.
Otero will be placed on the paternity list prior to Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Otero will be replaced on the roster by Ryan Merritt, who is expected to start Game 2. After posting a shiny 1.53 ERA and 0.91 WHIP through 70.2 innings last season, Otero has turned in a less impressive 3.02 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 50.2 innings this season. He should return to a middle relief role upon his activation.
Otero's .353 BAA and 1.68 WHIP since the All-Star break are both worst among all Indians pitchers with at least five appearances since the Midsummer Classic. Otero managed a .271 BAA and 1.31 WHIP during the campaign's first half, a time in which he was being used on a fairly regular basis. Since the break, Otero has given up 17 hits and three walks over 11.2 innings while watching his strikeout rate decline. As a result, the 32-year-old right-hander is being phased out of middle-relief opportunities as the postseason race heats up.
Otero is an option to start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Otero is tentatively in line to make the start, but that could change if he is used out of the bullpen either Friday night or during the matinee of the doubleheader. If he is used in relief before Game 2, southpaw Ryan Merritt would step in to start for him. Otero has a 3.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 31 innings of relief this year. He hasn't pitched more than two innings in any outing this season, so he'd likely be on a pitch count, with manager Terry Francona leaning on the bullpen to finish out the contest.