Do you know the name James Karinchak? If you’re a Cleveland Indians fan, it may be time to get acquainted.
The annual September call ups arrived to Tampa ahead of Sunday’s series finale with the Rays and the Cleveland Indians needed to get creative to get all the names onto the active roster.
The most notable of the moves were the additions of pitchers Carlos Carrasco (leukemia) and Dan Otero (right shoulder inflammation) from the 60-day injured list. Eric Haase joined the club in more conventional fashion as he was recalled for the second time this season from Triple-A Columbus. In addition, the Indians selected the contracts of right-handed reliever James Hoyt and utility man Ryan Flaherty from Columbus.
The injury bug has bitten the Cleveland Indians again.
Outfielder Tyler Naquin is done for the 2019 season after tearing his right ACL in the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians placed Naquin on the 10-day injured list and recalled outfielder/first baseman Jake Bauers from Triple-A Columbus to take his roster spot.
The Indians’ climb up the standings was largely tied to the return to form of third baseman Jose Ramirez.
Now, the team will have to learn to do it without him, as the Tribe may very well be without Ramirez for the rest of the season.
Jordan Luplow’s cramp following his slide into third base in the seventh inning on Monday night was a little worse than hoped. The outfielder was placed on the ten-day injured list on Tuesday while Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
The on-going injury concerns for Indians pitcher Danny Salazar continued on Thursday, when he was removed from his first start off of the injured list in his first action since 2017 with a groin strain. After being evaluated by the team training staff on Friday, he was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Also joining Salazar on the injured list was left-handed reliever Tyler Olson with a non-baseball medical issue. Olson is dealing with the shingles.
On Monday afternoon, Trevor Bauer was on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, conducting his Wiffleball camp with dozens of youngsters less than 24 hours after catching the public eye after hurling a baseball from behind the Kauffman Stadium pitching mound to the center field batter’s eye.
On Tuesday, he said goodbye to his Cleveland teammates of the last six years as he was dealt across the state to Cincinnati in a reported three-team trade with the Reds and the San Diego Padres.
For the fourth time since November, the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays swiped right and made a match.
The two clubs announced another player swap on Sunday evening, as the Indians acquired right-handed pitcher Hunter Wood and utility infielder Christian Arroyo from the Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Ruben Cardenas and future considerations (believed to be international bonus slot money in value of $250,000, according to MLB.com).
The Indians added to their relief pitching depth on Friday afternoon with the acquisition of right-hander Phil Maton from the San Diego Padres.
Maton was dealt by the Padres on Friday as the team looked to call up hard-throwing 20-year-old right-hander Andres Munoz from Triple-A El Paso. The Indians shipped international bonus pool money to San Diego for Maton’s services, which freed up the roster space needed for Munoz.
It marked the second time in as many weeks that Cleveland has picked up minor league depth at the top farm level, following the team’s acquisition of utility man Andrew Velazquez from Tampa Bay the week earlier.
The Cleveland Indians acquired utility man Andrew Velazquez on Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Rays for international bonus pool money of an undisclosed amount.
To make room for the newly acquired Velazquez, the Indians designated his former Durham Bulls teammate, pitcher Chih-Wei Hu, for assignment.
The Indians and Orioles announced on Monday that Cleveland minor leaguer Asher Wojciechowski had been traded to Baltimore for cash considerations.
The 30-year-old Wojciechowski had been pitching for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate at Columbus. He is expected to be added to the Baltimore 40-man roster in the coming days.
Ramirez can miss between one and three days while on the paternity list. Chang, who was added to the 40-man roster prior to the 2018 season, will join the Major League 25-man roster for the first time in his career and is expected to start on Friday night in the Indians’ series opener in Baltimore against the Orioles.