Guyer Goes to Disabled List as Indians Shuffle Roster Up
Bob Toth | On 14, May 2017
A left wrist injury has landed Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer on the 7-day disabled list as the club made several roster moves on Sunday morning.
The Indians also designated utility man Michael Martinez for assignment in the roster shakeup. Cleveland brought up a pair of utility men from the minors as it recalled Erik Gonzalez from Columbus and purchased the contract of the Clippers’ Daniel Robertson to fill Martinez’s vacated spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters.
Guyer aggravated a lingering wrist issue with a swing on Friday and underwent an MRI on Sunday morning. He will see specialist Dr. Thomas Graham to review the results.
“It was something that was tolerable,” said Indians manager Terry Francona on Sunday. “He took his last swing the other night and really felt it, to the point that he couldn’t hit [Saturday]. We kept him here, just because we felt like we were a little thin — maybe he could pinch-run, or do something like that.”
Guyer has struggled out of the gate this season, hitting .182 with three doubles, a homer, and five RBI in 21 games. His difficulties with lefties have been a significant issue after excelling against them last season. He has hit only .174 in 46 at bats against southpaws this season.
He joins pitcher Cody Anderson (Tommy John surgery), Austin Jackson (hyperextended great toe), and Corey Kluber (lower back strain) on the disabled list for Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis have also spent time on the disabled list for the club this season.
The Indians will have seven days to trade or release Martinez or outright him to Columbus if he clears waivers. The 34-year-old had hit .364 to start the season in 14 games, but those numbers are a bit deceiving as it amounts to four hits in 11 at bats as he has entered several games as a defensive replacement.
Martinez, able to work multiple spots all over the field, was in his third consecutive season with the Indians.
Gonzalez will fill the void of Martinez on the roster, giving the Indians a versatile defender in the field. He had logged innings at three different spots in the infield and both left and right fields for the Clippers after being a late spring camp cut for the Indians. The 25-year-old was hitting .269 with a .293 on-base percentage in 32 games this season with four doubles, three triples, five homers, and eleven RBI with Columbus this season.
One of the reasons that Gonzalez was sent to Columbus to start the season was to get the young player a consistent stream of at bats, something that the Indians did not envision possible with the lineup construction in Cleveland to start the year. He had struggled with the strikeout in Arizona and those issues continued in Columbus, where he racked up 42 Ks and just five walks in 141 plate appearances.
Robertson joins the club and was in the starting lineup on Sunday after appearing in just four games for the Clippers after a five-week stint on the disabled list to start the season. The 31-year-old was signed to a minor league deal by the Indians in the offseason with an invite to spring training and performed well in the desert, hitting .328 with two doubles, two triples, a homer, and nine RBI in 25 games.
After fighting for a spot with the club in camp, he landed on the minor league disabled list with a hamstring issue that cost him the first month-plus of the regular season schedule. In his four games in the Clippers lineup upon his return, he was 7-for-15 (.467) with six singles, a double, five walks, two stolen bases, and one run batted in.
Robertson has played second and third bases and all three outfield spots during his minor league career and second base and all outfield positions during his Major League career. He has spent time in the Majors in each of the last three seasons coming into his Indians debut on Sunday. He worked in 70 games with Texas in 2014, hitting .271 with 21 RBI. He was with the Los Angeles Angels the next season and hit .280 in 37 games. Last season, he appeared in nine games and hit .263 while with the Seattle Mariners.
He will wear #99 for Cleveland.
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