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.
Two top Indians prospects will make their Progressive Field debut early during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend in July as Lynchburg third baseman Nolan Jones and Columbus outfielder Daniel Johnson have been named participants in the SiriusXM Futures Game scheduled for play on Sunday, July 7.
Jones has spent the first half of this season at High-A Lynchburg and was named to the Carolina League All-Star team earlier this month. Johnson joined the Triple-A Columbus Clippers late in May after spending nearly two months of his season with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks.
Thursday was an off day for the Indians, but it was business as usual in the front office as the team announced that reliever Jon Edwards’ fifth stint with the club this season had come to an end with his option to Triple-A Columbus. In a separate move, Leonys Martin, designated for assignment on June 22, was given his release from the organization.
The status of Mike Clevinger’s left ankle sprain must be good, as the Indians optioned starter Aaron Civale back to Triple-A Columbus on Monday morning. In a corresponding roster move, reliever Jon Edwards was recalled from the International League club.
Clevinger injured his left ankle in his first start off of the injured list last Monday in Texas against the Rangers. He remained in the game and lasted four and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He was placed on the IL on June 21, but the move was made retroactive to June 18. If all continues to go well, he could be activated later in the week to start for Cleveland against the Baltimore Orioles in what would be his fourth start of the season.
The Indians resolved some of the lack of playing time in the outfield on Saturday as the team designated Leonys Martin for assignment.
The initial basis for the roster move for the Indians was to create room on both the 25- and 40-man rosters for another starting pitcher with Mike Clevinger missing his turn in the rotation with a sprained left ankle. Aaron Civale, a 24-year right-hander pitching for Triple-A Columbus, was tabbed for the start but needed to be added to the roster. The Indians had to make the tough decision to remove yet another player from the mix in the clubhouse and this time it was the veteran Martin.
The Indians made a handful of minor roster moves on Saturday, highlighted by a waiver claim of pitcher Jordan Stephens from the Chicago White Sox.
A 26-year-old right-handed pitcher, Stephens was added to the 40-man roster as a result of the waiver claim and optioned to Double-A Akron. To make room on the 40-man for Stephens, outfielder Bradley Zimmer was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list while rehabbing his right shoulder injury.
Mike Clevinger’s rehab start in Akron on Tuesday night was much more in line with the Indians’ hopes than his first game back with the Columbus Clippers while recovering from a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain. Now, he is in line to return to the Show next week.
The 28-year-old’s next start is tentatively scheduled for Monday, opening Cleveland’s four-game series in Texas against the American League Wild Card contending Rangers. Clevinger’s return marks an impressive turnaround time from an injury that was supposed to prevent him from throwing for six to eight weeks, not counting the additional time needed to build up strength and rehab.
In a minor move on June 7, the Cleveland Indians traded minor league catcher Tim Federowicz to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later.
Federowicz had appeared in 26 games for the Indians’ top farm affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, hitting .278 with a .353 on-base percentage, six doubles, two homers, and 13 RBI.
The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Tyler Naquin on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their three-game season-changing home set with the Minnesota Twins.
In a corresponding move, starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and upper back discomfort suffered during his last start on Saturday. The move was made retroactive to Sunday, June 2.
The 2019 season has been a wild ride for right-hander Zach Plesac, and things are just getting started for the 24-year-old right-hander.
Indians manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that Plesac will be added to the 25- and 40-man rosters on Tuesday to pitch in the middle of three games against the Red Sox during the Tribe’s road trip to Boston.