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Indians announce first wave of September call ups, activate Jason Giambi from DL

Let the roster expansion begin!

That's Lonnie Chisenhall, not a batboy… Jesus Aguilar is big. - PHOTO
That's Lonnie Chisenhall, not a batboy… Jesus Aguilar is big. - PHOTO
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The Indians have announced their first roster moves of September, now that MLB rosters have expanded and teams may carry up to 40 players.

Jason Giambi has been activated from the disabled list, where he's been since early June, when he was placed there with "knee inflammation, which at some point probably turned into "not doing well enough to help the team, so let's keep him on the DL until rosters expand-icitis." Giambi had posted a batting line of just .128/.212/.278 when he went on the DL, looking every bit of his 43 years. I doubt we'll see too much of Giambi in close games, and any hit he collects could be the last of his career.

More likely to make a real impact on the Tribe in September: The call ups from Triple-A Columbus of Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, and Bryan Price.

Aguilar, a 24-year-old, right-handed-hitting first baseman, didn't do much in 20 plate appearances with the Indian earlier in the year, but he hit .304/.395/.511 with the Clippers this season, with 31 doubles and 19 home runs.

Adams, a right-handed reliever who turned 28 two weeks ago, has appeared briefly in 3 games for the Tribe this season. In Triple-A this year he's posted a 2.50 ERA in 54.0 innings, with solid strikeout, walk, and home run rates.

Price, another right-handed reliever (who'll turn 28 in November), split time between Columbus and Double-A Akron this year. In 36.1 combined innings, he has a 2.48 ERA (2.73 in Triple-A), with a very good strikeout rate, and decent walk and home run rates.

In another bullpen move, before Sunday's game the Indians placed Josh Tomlin on the paternity list, allowing them to recall Zach McAllister, who's' been doing well in Columbus as a starter. Francona has indicated that McAllister will serve as a reliever with the Indians, which is hard to argue with, after T.J. House pitched the best game of his career Sunday night.

I hope we'll see Aguilar in the starting lineup against left-handed pitchers, against whom he would seem to represent an upgrade. In games he doesn't start, he should be the first pinch hitter brought in against a southpaw reliever. Adams and Price give Francona two more options in a bullpen he's gone to at a record-setting pace this season. Neither should see much action in close games, but they should allow Francona to avoid using his more trusted arms in blowouts.