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Indians place RHP Dan Otero on paternity leave

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Dan Otero throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Already without the injured Andrew Miller, the Cleveland Indians will be without another relief pitcher as right-hander Dan Otero has been placed on paternity leave. Also, the Indians have recalled left-hander Ryan Merritt and right-hander Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus.

Otero, who has appeared in 44 games this season, is 2-0 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 50 2/3 innings pitched. Having most recently pitched on Aug. 26, Otero has allowed one run on six hits in eight appearances this month. Since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2015, Otero has been a dependable option in the bullpen for manager Terry Francona.

Merritt, who has appeared in four games for the Indians this season, has spent the majority of his time with Columbus. In 19 appearances for the Clippers, with 18 being starts, Merritt has a 10-5 record with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 116 innings pitched. Three of Merritt’s four appearances with Cleveland earlier this season were as a starter, and he was 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Merritt picked up that victory on Aug. 25, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals.

Merritt was optioned to Columbus the following day, as the Indians needed to make room for reliever Craig Breslow.

Like Merritt, Armstrong has also appeared in games for the Indians this season. In 19 appearances, all out of the bullpen, Armstrong is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings pitched for Cleveland. Armstrong has also appeared in 27 games for Columbus, posting a record of 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 28 1/3 innings pitched.

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