Luplow Lands on Injured List, Allen Recalled from Columbus
Bob Toth | On 06, Aug 2019
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.
Luplow survived the roster cut following the July 31 trade acquisition of outfielders Yasiel Puig from Cincinnati and Franmil Reyes from San Diego, but less than a week later, he suffered a strained right hamstring after stealing third base during the Indians’ 1-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday. The right-handed hitting platoon outfielder’s timing could not have been worse, with the Indians scheduled to face a diet of southpaws over the coming week.
Luplow has been hot at the plate for the Indians for the last month, posting a .326/.392/.565 slash in his last 17 games (12 starts) with five doubles, two homers, and five RBI. That stretch has helped push his season slash to .271/.347/.510 with 13 doubles, eleven homers, and 29 RBI. He has struggled as expected against right-handed pitching (.230/.269/.322 with five doubles, one homer, and eight RBI in 93 plate appearances), but he has mashed thoroughly against the left-handers (.305/.407/.667 with eight doubles, ten homers, and 21 RBI in 123 plate appearances).
This is the first stint on the injured list for Luplow during his Major League career.
Allen was one of the odd men out as a player with options in a suddenly crowded outfield after the Indians front office added two offensive weapons ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. The 26-year-old had picked things up some at the plate, hitting in seven straight games in the middle of July, before cooling a bit in the five games before the month ended (2-for-22 stretch at the dish) upon the completion of his season-high hitting streak.
For the year over 45 games with the Indians, the switch-hitting Allen has posted a .230/.296/.381 slash with five doubles, three triples, two homers, 17 RBI, and just two stolen bases in three attempts. In 48 games at Triple-A Columbus, he hit .268 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging mark with nine doubles, three triples, five homers, and 17 RBI while stealing ten bases in 15 opportunities.
This will be the fourth stint for Allen with the Indians this year, after opening the campaign on the 25-man roster.
Allen had played the bulk of his time in left field this season and will likely continue to see some innings there in a platoon role with Tyler Naquin while also allowing manager Terry Francona to get Oscar Mercado a day off on occasion. Puig will likely log the majority of innings in right field coming up, while Reyes will see plenty of time at designated hitter.
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