Set to kick off a four-game series in Chicago with the White Sox on Monday night, the Cleveland Indians have added their top prospect to the club to provide, for the time being at least, a little extra protection to the roster.
In the wake of a painful hit-by-pitch suffered by backup catcher Roberto Perez in Sunday’s 9-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Indians have recalled catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 25-man roster for the backstop, the Indians optioned reliever Evan Marshall to their top farm affiliate.
In an unrelated move, the Indians also announced via a press release that the organization has released veteran reliever Matt Belisle from his minor league contract so that he could pursue other professional opportunities.
After nearly two months on the shelf, the Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall had been activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Chisenhall’s return had been expected, as he had worked his way back through his rehab assignment with stops at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. The corresponding transaction to create room on the roster for the outfielder was much more surprising, as the Indians optioned center fielder Bradley Zimmer to Columbus.
Adam Plutko became the second Columbus Clippers hurler in as many weeks to be named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week.
Plutko made his first start back with Columbus on Saturday night after being optioned from Cleveland on May 29, not as a result of his performance for the Indians necessarily but more due to the club not needing a fifth starter until June 12. He would make sure that he stayed a visible and viable option in the Tribe’s future plans by taking a perfect game into the ninth inning in Syracuse against the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, the Chiefs, before completing the no-hitter after a one-out walk.
The Cleveland Indians’ no-hitter drought hit 37 years in the middle of May on the anniversary of Len Barker’s perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays. That has not been the case for their Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, which suffered for just over a week between hurling its second no-hitter of the season.
Adam Plutko, making his first start for Columbus after a two-start promotion to Cleveland at the end of May, became the second Clippers pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the span of nine days on Saturday night when he blanked the Syracuse Chiefs on their home field in a 6-0 final.
The 2018 season has been very kind to Cleveland Indians’ minor league pitching prospect Shane Bieber and things are only getting better – he is going to have a most memorable 23rd birthday to boot.
Following the Indians’ 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, manager Terry Francona announced that the young right-hander would make his Major League debut on Thursday in a starting nod against the Minnesota Twins. On Tuesday afternoon, the International League announced that Bieber had been named its Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 21 and May 27.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Myles Jaye from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.
Jaye, 26, is expected to report to Triple-A Columbus in the coming days, where he will help fill the void left when the Clippers placed right-handed starting pitcher Stephen Fife on the 7-day disabled list with right elbow soreness.
The Cleveland Indians made a roster move ahead of their game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, purchasing the contract of Jeff Beliveau from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers for the second time this season.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians optioned Monday’s starter Adam Plutko to Columbus.
With the way Shane Bieber is pitching this season, it might not be too unreasonable to think that he could find his way to the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster before the season is out. On Friday night, the impressive start to the professional career of the Indians’ 22-year-old pitching prospect continued when he threw a rain-shortened no-hitter in Gwinnett against the Stripers.
Bieber, who earlier in the week was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week after allowing just one run on eight hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks in 14 2/3 innings of two starts against Gwinnett and Charlotte, picked right back up where he left off in his fifth professional start at the Triple-A level for the Clippers. Making his first start since winning his third career pitcher of the week award (June of 2017 with High-A Lynchburg and April of this season with Double-A Akron), the Indians’ fourth round pick in the 2016 draft out of UC Santa Barbara faced the minimum against the Atlanta Braves’ top affiliate, initially doing battle with both the Stripers and Mother Nature before the latter chipped in with a big, but potentially unnecessary, save.
The historic outing may just earn him a second consecutive piece of hardware from the International League come Monday.
Anyone watching the Cleveland Indians minor league system over the last couple of seasons has heard about the work being done by one of the club’s top pitching prospects, Shane Bieber. His efforts have caught the attention of more than just the fans and employees of the Tribe organization.
The Columbus Clippers’ Bieber was named on Monday as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 14-20.
The cat was out of the bag on Sunday, when Melky Cabrera’s name showed up prior to the Cleveland Indians’ matchup with the Houston Astros in the sixth spot on the lineup card, playing right field.
The Indians formally announced prior to their game Sunday night that the 33-year-old veteran outfielder was purchased from Triple-A Columbus. Right-handed reliever Evan Marshall was optioned to Columbus, while fellow right-hander Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment at Triple-A to make room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Cabrera.
The Cleveland Indians and reliever Matt Belisle have reunited on a minor league deal, the team announced on Wednesday.
Belisle was a late addition to the Tribe roster in the spring, joining the club on a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to Cactus League play. He won a bullpen job out of camp, but he was designated for assignment by the Indians on May 2 after appearing in eight games for the Tribe. He was granted his free agency after declining his outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus following passing through waivers unclaimed.
The Indians waited and waited and waited some more, but finally on Tuesday afternoon, they could wait no longer for Bradley Zimmer‘s injuries to heal up.
The Tribe officially placed their starting center fielder on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to May 12, with a left rib contusion. The injury was the end result of a collision with the wall at Yankee Stadium two Saturdays ago. He had missed six games and had two off days since the ill-fated wall encounter, but has still experienced discomfort while swinging. After missing the finale of the series with the Yankees, he played in the second of two games in Milwaukee against the Brewers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout on May 9. After Thursday’s off day, he missed the entire series against the Kansas City Royals and the opener of the current series with the Detroit Tigers on Monday.