The Indians recalled Morimando from Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The southpaw missed out on an Opening Day roster spot but made 26 starts for the Clippers, though they resulted in a 4.41 ERA. Morimando will serve as a depth piece for the expanded September pitching staff.
Morimando tossed seven shutout innings Thursday, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out six for Triple-A Columbus. The left-hander missed out on an Opening Day job with the Indians, then proceeded to pitch terribly at Columbus to open the year. Morimando looks back on track now, though. Over his last two starts, the 24-year-old has logged 13 frames without giving up an earned run while striking out 13. Morimando is a candidate to join the Indians bullpen later in the 2017 campaign.
Morimando picked up his first win of the year for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday versus Lehigh Valley. The left-hander was eyeing a big-league job when spring training opened, but was ultimately sent down to provide the organization with rotation depth. Morimando's early-season struggles with Columbus certainly haven't helped his chances of earning a spot start for the Tribe anytime soon. Through four starts, the 24-year-old is 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, struggling with command (14:11 K:BB) and getting tagged by opposing hitters (.307 BAA) over 21.2 innings.
Morimando was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. Morimando entered camp with a legitimate shot to make the Tribe bullpen, but he'll head back to the minors after struggling over four Cactus Leagues appearances. The left-hander allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out 11 over 8.2 innings this spring. Morimando has started 132 games in the minors since 2012, and he'll continue providing the Tribe with rotation depth from Columbus.
Morimando allowed a run on three hits and one walk while striking out two Cubs in Sunday's exhibition matchup. Even though he allowed a run, Morimando looked solid in his first appearance of the spring. The righty has been a starter throughout his professional career, but will need to adjust his mindset in order to make the Tribe's Opening Day roster. Morimando is a realistic bullpen option that can serve in a long-relief role and possibly make a spot start when needed.
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