With Major League Baseball clubs trimming their respective rosters down to 28 players, the Cleveland Indians announced several roster moves prior to their series finale with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
The Cleveland Indians’ depth behind the plate will be tested this season as starting catcher Roberto Perez was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a right shoulder strain.
Perez had experienced discomfort with the shoulder since making an impressive play during the Indians’ season opening game against the Kansas City Royals, when he tracked down a third strike wild pitch, slipped, and completed the throw to first from the seat of his pants. Perez jammed his shoulder on the play and felt some tightness but tried to push through it in the days that followed. It continued to persist, leading the Indians to select the contract of backstop Beau Taylor from the team’s minor league camp in Eastlake on Tuesday, less than a day before placing Perez on the IL.
He will be shut down from throwing for a week before he is re-evaluated, but he will continue to work out with the other players on the 60-man roster at the team’s Alternate Training Site in Eastlake.
It was great to see baseball back on TV, even if the whole experiment winds up being short-lived due to the nonstop life complications presented by the coronavirus.
Major League Baseball returned to the diamond on Thursday and carried on into the weekend as the 30 teams opened up their 2020 shortened schedules. Results were mixed – some teams saw poor pitching but great offensive work, while others struggled with the bat but pitched well. Errors and bad base running made their guest appearances, too. All were to be expected as teams kicked off four months of rust that was impossible to get rid of over a couple of weeks of Summer Camp.
With three games in the books, here’s a look back at some of the talking points of the first series of the season.
It is tough to know how rosters will be handled during this bizarre 2020 season, and the Indians is already in flux.
Prior to the team’s season opener on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians announced that outfielder Daniel Johnson was being recalled from the team’s Alternate Training Site in Eastlake. A corresponding roster move was not needed to create a roster spot, as fifth starter Zach Plesac has not formally been added to the 30-man roster.
The Indians will have to make a move on Tuesday to add Plesac to the club’s roster prior to his start against the Chicago White Sox.
Baseball may be at a standstill, but the game goes on in some front offices as teams make some minor moves in preparation for the eventual arrival of the 2020 season.
Two top Indians prospects will make their Progressive Field debut early during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend in July as Lynchburg third baseman Nolan Jones and Columbus outfielder Daniel Johnson have been named participants in the SiriusXM Futures Game scheduled for play on Sunday, July 7.
Jones has spent the first half of this season at High-A Lynchburg and was named to the Carolina League All-Star team earlier this month. Johnson joined the Triple-A Columbus Clippers late in May after spending nearly two months of his season with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks.
The Akron RubberDucks opened the 2019 slate with a 5-0 loss to the Altoona Curve on Thursday night.
The ‘Ducks were limited to just two hits in a tough start to the season, with 25-year-old second baseman Tyler Krieger accounting for both hits. He was stranded at third after a first inning one-out single, reached safely in the third on an error, struck out in the sixth, and singled in the ninth before being forced out at second.
Opening Day starter Sam Hentges was charged with all five runs scored by the Curve (four of which were earned). The left-hander allowed six hits and walked four while striking out six over four and one-third innings in his first start since being added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster.
With one eye on the present and another on the future, the Cleveland Indians cut some salary off of their books on Friday, sending All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals.
Dealing from a position with a little depth to it on the 40-man roster, the Indians traded their longtime backstop to the Nationals for pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named later.