He made one appearance for the Indians earlier this season, pitching five innings while allowing just one earned run on April 12 against the Tigers. He notched a 4-0 record and a 1.36 ERA in five starts for Columbus, and he took the mound for his first big league start since 2013 on Wednesday night against the White Sox.
Walters, a utility man, has played three different positions for Cleveland this season. The 25-year-old batted .059 in 17 at-bats, but filled in for the Indians at shortstop, third base and left field. Walters has played in 77 games in three seasons in the Majors and is a career .178 (27-for-152) hitter.
"We had an extra position player and he needs to play," manager Terry Francona said of Walters. "With him having the abbreviated Spring Training and starting late, I think, even by his own admission, he needs some repetition. He's got some moving parts in his swing, so for him to sit around, especially when he hasn't had a lot of at-bats under his belt, that would be pretty tough for him."
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.