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.
The 23-year-old has gotten off to a slow start this season for the Columbus Clippers, appearing in just 21 games on the year while hitting .205 with a .259 on-base percentage and a .359 slugging mark with three doubles, three homers, and 18 RBI. A left finger sprain sent him to the 7-day injured list on April 18, but five days after being activated on April 25, he was back on the shelf and was out of action until June 18 with the same injury.
Last season, in his fifth season of action on the farm and his first at the Triple-A level, Chang hit .256 with a .330 OBP and a .411 slugging with 28 doubles, 13 homers, and 62 RBI over 127 games while being named a midseason All-Star in the International League. The season before in his lone year of work at Double-A Akron, he hit a career-high 24 homers in 126 games.
Since returning from his second stint on the 7-day IL for the Clippers, Chang has played in six games while reaching base safely in five of those contests. In that stretch, he is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI, and three runs scored. He is currently the number 11 prospect in the Indians organization (according to MLB Pipeline) and has worked at second, short, and third over the last two years at Columbus.
If Chang makes it into action during his stay with Cleveland as anticipated, he would become the seventh different Indians player to make his Major League debut this season (joining Eric Stamets, Oscar Mercado, Josh Smith, Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, and Bobby Bradley)
The Indians also, as expected, activated starting pitcher Mike Clevinger from the 10-day injured list after resting a sprained left ankle suffered in his first game back from the 60-day injured on June 17 in Texas. The right-hander will start Friday night’s game against Baltimore. Cleveland also formally announced Thursday’s option of right-handed reliever Jon Edwards to Triple-A Columbus to create the roster room for Clevinger’s return.
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