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.
The Indians will need another starting pitcher next week.
Cleveland announced on Saturday morning that pitcher Adam Plutko and catcher Eric Haase had been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The Tribe made a pair of moves with the vacated roster spots, recalling outfielder Greg Allen from Columbus while also purchasing the contract of left-handed reliever Josh Smith from their top farm affiliate.
For the third time this season, the Indians have cut bait with a veteran brought in during the spring to help out the thin offense.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was designated for assignment prior to Wednesday’s game between Cleveland and the Oakland Athletics to make room for catcher Eric Haase. The 26-year-old, already on the 40-man roster, was needed in town after Roberto Perez left Tuesday night’s game with concussion-like symptoms.
While Perez passed the concussion tests, he will still be unable to play for several days, leaving just backup backstop Kevin Plawecki on the roster. In need of some extra insurance in the lineup while Perez is unavailable, Haase was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and Gonzalez was the roster casualty to make it happen.
Consecutive short starts from Cody Anderson have forced the Cleveland Indians to call for reinforcements.
After Anderson threw 68 pitches in just three innings of work, the Indians were forced to use seven of their eight relievers in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. To add a rested arm to the relief corps, the team purchased the contract of right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Columbus and optioned Anderson to their top farm club.
As anticipated, the Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday ahead of his third start of the year. He will face the Chicago White Sox in the 6:10 PM ET start from Progressive Field.
To make room for Rodriguez on the 25-man roster, reliever Jon Edwards was optioned to Triple-A.
The Indians brought back another veteran depth piece on Saturday morning, reacquiring utility man Adam Rosales from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.
The 35-year-old signed with the Twins just ahead of spring training and went to camp on a non-roster invitation, but he did not head to Minnesota when the regular season started. He was released in the final week of spring training, but instead, the eleven-year big league veteran re-signed with the team and reported to Triple-A Rochester.
When a front office plans the entire offseason around purging money from the offensive side of the lineup because the team’s starting rotation is so dominant, the last thing needed is to lose one of those dynamic starting pitchers.
Two starts into his season, the Indians lost Mike Clevinger to an upper back strain. With injuries to top backup arms in the minors, the Tribe had little recourse but to call upon Jefry Rodriguez, who has only been needed for a pair of spot starts because of so many off days early in the 2019 schedule.
Now, the team is scrambling after ace Corey Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of the right ulna in his forearm after being struck by a 102 MPH line drive in Miami off of the bat of Brian Anderson on Wednesday night.
Luplow rejoins the Indians after a little over two weeks back on the farm. He was off to a slow start for the Indians, hitting just .200 in his seven games for Cleveland with three singles, two walks, and eight strikeouts in 17 total plate appearances.