The Cleveland Indians have placed shortstop Mike Aviles on the family medical emergency list, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. While the Indians have not disclosed what emergency constituted such a move, Aviles is eligible to remain on the list for 3-7 days. Replacing him on the roster will be utility infielder Zach Walters.
Aviles, who has shown flashes of good defense in the past, has struggled so far in 2015 in the field, but performed well at the plate. His 139 wRC+ is good enough for third on the offense-starved Tribe roster. He's spent time playing a myriad of positions this year including games at shortstop (6), left field (6), third base (3) and one unfortunate night in center field.
Each of the positions he's covered does have an every day player manning them, so replacing him defensively may not be too difficult while he remains on the family medical emergency list. It's been thought that Nick Swisher would remain at the DH spot for a while since returning from his injury earlier in the week, but Aviles' absence may lead to him getting some play time in left field when Michael Bourn is on the bench against left-handed hitters, unless Walters himself gets a starting nod.
This will be Zach Walters third shot at the big leagues, and his first this year. After coming over last year in a trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals, Walters put up an 85 wRC+ in his 30 games for the Indians. So far in 2015 for the AAA Columbus Clippers he's batted a .239/.333/.457 line with a single home run. Similar to Aviles, Walters can play a variety of positions and has time at every position other than center field, first base, and catcher thus far in his young career.