The Indians have rearranged their roster with a trio of moves Tuesday afternoon, two of them expected, one something of a surprise.
Jason Giambi has been activated from the DL, after missing two and a half weeks with a strained calf. Trevor Bauer has been called up from Triple-A Columbus to join the rotation, a move that has been expected since Danny Salazar was demoted a few days ago. Joining Bauer on the bus from Columbus is utility man Justin Sellers.
In order to make room for those three, the Indians have optioned three players back to the farm: 1B/DH Jesus Aguilar, LHP T.J. House, and infielder Jose Ramirez. All three of them will rejoin the Clippers, who they've spent most of this season with.
Giambi is 0 for 10 so far this season. Considering that he is 43 years old, low production should be expected. Given enough opportunities, he'll probably run into a few home runs along the way, and draw a few walks, but he can't play the field or really even run the bases, making him an extremely limited option. It makes sense for Aguilar to be playing every day, but I'd rather have his bat in the lineup (or on the bench) than Giambi's.
Bauer has been great so far this season, with a 2.15 ERA in 45 Triple-A innings, and only 1 run allowed in 6 innings during a spot start he made early on in the season for the Tribe. His strikeouts are up from a year ago, and his walks are way down. I'm excited to finally get the chance to see what he can do with extended time in Cleveland. He'll start for the Tribe against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. (What a warm way to welcome Bauer back.)
Sellers hasn't done well in Columbus so far this year, and probably won't provide a ton of help in Cleveland, but Ramirez should be playing every day, which wasn't happening here, and Sellers will almost certainly be sent back down when Jason Kipnis returns (hopefully on Monday or Tuesday).