Trades Create Opportunity for Several Clippers
Ryan Hohman | On 03, Aug 2015
Almonte Assigned to Columbus
There’s a new face in Columbus. The Indians traded Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego minutes before the Friday 4pm deadline for versatile, switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte and immediately assigned him Columbus. The 26-year-old split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso. In 31 games with the Padres, Almonte hit .204 (11-54) with four RBI, six runs, three doubles, and one stolen base. In 61 games with El Paso, he hit .275 with four home runs, 35 RBI, 18 doubles, two triples, and 11 stolen bases. At 5’9″, 210 pounds, Almonte has power, good speed and can play all three outfield positions. Almonte has also spent time with the Yankees and Mariners organizations. In 2014, he opened the regular season as Seattle’s starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, but was demoted to Triple-A after struggling to produce at the plate. He was later traded to San Diego.
Tomlin Has Longest Outing Since Shoulder Surgery
Josh Tomlin was charged with the loss in his third rehab start with Columbus. The righty pitched into the seventh inning in Thursday’s 7-1 loss to Indianapolis, his longest outing since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. Here’s his stat line for the game: 6.1IP, 6H, 2R/ER, 1HR, 4BB, 1SO, 90 pitches/61 strikes.
The departures of David Murphy, Brandon Moss, and Rzepczynski created opportunity for a few Clippers. Tyler Holt, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jerry Sands, and Michael Roth were all promoted last week. Holt, a 2015 Triple-A All-Star, hit .286 with 24 RBI, 42 runs, 11 doubles, 3 triples, and 20 stolen bases in 76 games with Columbus. Chisenhall hit .280 with three home runs, 21 RBI, and 13 doubles in 40 games. Sands, who I profiled last week, put up big numbers in Columbus (.287, 14 HR, 46 RBI). Roth will pitch out of the bullpen in Cleveland after starting 19 games in Columbus. In those starts, he compiled a 7-6 record and 4.16 ERA. With the departure of Rzepczynski, Roth is the only lefty in the Tribe pen.
After winning five in a row, the Clippers have lost four of their last five games, including Sunday’s contest at Scranton, 4-3. The loss drops Columbus to 61-49 on the season and three games behind Indy in the IL West. The team is off Monday before returning home Tuesday to open a three-game series with Scranton (61-49, 1st IL North), followed by three games with Lehigh Valley (48-61, 4th IL North).
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