Luplow Lost to IL With Sprained Left Ankle

The Indians’ injury woes continued as the club placed a third regular on the injured list in the last week on Friday. Cleveland announced ahead of its weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays that outfielder Jordan Luplow was being placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle.

In a corresponding roster move, the Indians recalled pitcher Eli Morgan from Triple-A Columbus to make a spot start and his first Major League appearance in Friday’s 7:10 PM ET contest against the Jays.

Luplow initially experienced issues with his ankle during spring training and left a recent game with additional discomfort and swelling. An MRI helped the team make the decision to give Luplow some time away to let things heal.

“I think it’s in a little different area or examining different from spring training,” manager Terry Francona shared prior to Friday’s game. “We’re trying to, obviously, find out what’s going on there. Ultimately, what matters is if something’s bothering the player and he can’t play like he wants, you can call it anything you want, but we need to find out. So that’s what we’re doing.”

The 27-year-old outfielder played in the first three games of the team’s series in Detroit and made the game-deciding play in Monday’s 6-5 victory, stranding the bases loaded with a diving catch in right field after entering the game as a defensive replacement. He is hitting .173 on the season with a .331 on-base percentage, seven homers, and 20 RBI.

Morgan had made three starts for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, posting an 0-1 record with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP with 13 strikeouts and eight walks in 13 2/3 innings of work. The 25-year-old right-hander was the team’s eighth round pick in the 2017 draft out of Gonzaga and had made 66 appearances (57 starts) during his first three minor league seasons.

The Indians have had to use the injured list twice already this week. Designated hitter Franmil Reyes was placed on the injured list on Sunday with a left abdominal strain that is expected to keep him out of action for a couple of months. Starting pitcher Zach Plesac landed on the same 10-day list on Wednesday after fracturing his right thumb.

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