A quality start by left-hander Shawn Morimando sent the Columbus Clippers to an 8-1 victory over rival Indianapolis on Friday night.
With less than a month to go until the All-Star break, the Clippers have climbed back within two games of the .500 mark at 29-31 on the season. Their surge towards a winning record has been made possible by a 6-2 record in June. The bats in general have come to life for the Clippers over the course of the last three weeks, as since the final week of May, they have put up six runs or more in eight of the 15 games played.
For the catcher Moore, his deal included the opportunity to participate with the big league club with his non-roster invite to spring training. It will be his third straight camp with the Indians after signing previous minor league deals with Cleveland prior to the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The contract for Pena was a late 35th birthday present (he celebrated on January 23). He will look to make his return to baseball after last appearing in the Majors in 2011 and last playing professionally in Japan in 2015.
The Cleveland Indians announced a handful of transactions on Thursday afternoon as the club took advantage of the September roster expansions.
The easy and expected moves were the activation of starting pitcher Danny Salazar from the paternity list and the formal addition of outfielder Coco Crisp after his acquisition from the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The Indians added additional depth at the catching position with Yan Gomes on the 60-day disabled list by purchasing the contract of backstop Adam Moore from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 40-man roster for the seven-year MLB veteran, the Indians designated outfielder Collin Cowgill for assignment.
Despite a three-run ninth inning of their own on Saturday, similar to that done by the parent Cleveland Indians in Anaheim, the Columbus Clippers fell short in a 15-12 slugfest loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Huntington Park.
The Clippers saw three-hit games from Ronny Rodriguez, Jesus Aguilar, and Collin Cowgill and had 16 hits as a team, but the New York Yankees affiliate tagged Ross Detwiler for eight runs and reliever Austin Adams for six. Former Indians player Nick Swisher was a leading charge in the RailRiders offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, and four runs scored in the two hole.
Columbus is now an even 6-6 for the month of June, but has lost three straight. They took three of four last weekend from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and won three of five against the Indianapolis Indians during the week, including a split in their doubleheader on June 9. The RailRiders have bested the Clippers in the first two games of their weekend set to drop Columbus to 35-28. They still hold a two and a half game lead on Indianapolis in the International League West.
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Several former and current members of the Cleveland Indians organization made some news over the last few days. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the minor moves and notes you may have missed.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. To make room for Gimenez on the roster, catcher Adam Moore has been designated for assignment.
This will be the third trip to the Indians organization for the right-handed hitting Gimenez, who was drafted by Cleveland in the 19th round of the 2004 June amateur draft. After climbing his way through the farm system, he spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Indians before signing with the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. After time with the Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Oakland Athletics, he was selected by the Rangers off of waivers from the A’s at the end of spring in 2014.He was traded in August of that season back to Cleveland for future considerations and rejoined the Rangers as a free agent that November.
Gimenez was designated for assignment by Texas on Monday after re-acquiring backup catcher Bobby Wilson in a trade with the Detroit Tigers.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cleveland Indians placed backup catcher Roberto Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.
The extent of the injury was not fully known, although there were reports that Perez may have fractured the thumb during Saturday night’s game. At the time of this post, the Indians would only confirm that it was a right thumb injury.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians purchased the contract of veteran catcher Adam Moore from Triple-A Columbus.
The Cleveland Indians announced several roster moves Sunday afternoon in advance of their season opening game with the Boston Red Sox Monday afternoon at Progressive Field.
For Cleveland Indians catcher Adam Moore, this spring represents a chance to hang around in the game of baseball with the hopes that he can get another opportunity to get back to the Major League level. With the Indians hosting a large number of pitchers in camp soon, Moore should have plenty of time to audition for a role of some sort with the organization in 2016.
Moore, 31, is entering his eleventh season of professional ball this year and has seven seasons of MLB experience under his belt, yet the bulk of those trips to an MLB dugout have been for a quick cup of coffee.
Just five games and six days into the regular season, one of the newest Indians, Rajai Davis, slid into home plate while a member of the Detroit Tigers and hit the left heel of Gomes, which resulted in a sprained knee for the Tribe’s starting catcher and reigning Silver Slugger award winner. Just like that, the Indians were in need of depth at backstop.
At a position with such an increased injury risk due to the physical toll of kneeling and foul tips and plate collisions, the Indians again prepared themselves for the worst case scenario when they added a pair of free agent catchers to the club in November on minor league deals with spring training invitations.
Anthony Recker, 32 years old and a five-year MLB veteran, is one of those two security options for the club as the team counts down the days until the beginning of spring ball in Arizona.
Adam Moore‘s walk-off single in the 11th gave Columbus a big 7-6 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday night as the race for the IL West Division title heats up. The Clippers lost a 5-4 lead in the ninth, but tied it back up with a two-out RBI single by Michael Choice to push the game into extra innings. Jesus Aguilar, who doubled with two outs, scored the winning run.
The win moves Columbus (78-58) within one game of Indy (79-57) in the West. They’ll meet again Monday and Tuesday at Huntington Park (both 7:05pm ET starts) before traveling to Indy for two games on Wednesday and Thursday.