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Week in Transactions: Michael Brantley goes back on Disabled List

Also, lots of speculations on what the Indians will do when Chisenhall returns today, and who they will start this Saturday and in next Monday's doubleheader.

Michael Brantley will be sitting for at least the next week.
Michael Brantley will be sitting for at least the next week.
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Tribe Transactions

May 11

Promoted LHP Anderson Polanco from Lynchburg (A) to Akron (AA)

This was a well-deserved promotion; Polanco had allowed just 11 hits in 22.2 innings of work in Lynchburg.

May 12

Promoted 3B Yandy Diaz from Akron (AA) to Columbus (AAA)

AAA: Placed 3B Giovanny Urshela on the Disabled List (hamstring)

As reported earlier last week, Urshela injured his hamstring while legging out a double. Diaz, who has been an on-base machine with the Aeros, will get his first lengthy AAA experience (he appeared in 4 games late last season) while Urshela is out. You wish you could combine the skills of Diaz (plate discipline) and Urshela (defense) into one player, but even so, it's a good problem to have two intriguing third base prospects on the cusp of the big leagues.

AA: Placed SS Eric Stamets on the Disabled List

Promoted SS Ivan Castillo from Lynchburg (A) to Akron (AA)

A: Activated C Sicnarf Loopstok from the Disabled List

May 13

Placed OF Lonnie Chisenhall on the Bereavement List

Recalled OF Tyler Naquin from Columbus (AAA)

Promoted OF Bryson Myles from Akron (AA) to Columbus (AAA)

Promoted OF Taylor Murphy from Lynchburg (A) to Akron (AA)

With Chisenhall leaving the team and Michael Brantley's impending DL stint, the Indians were short on outfielders not only in Cleveland, but in Columbus and Akron. Hence Myles' and Murphy's promotions. Murphy has been tattoing the ball in Lynchburg, and I think he might stick around even after Chisenhall returns.

May 14

Placed OF Michael Brantley on the 15-day Disabled List retroactive to May 10 (shoulder)

Transferred C Roberto Perez to the 60-day Disabled List (thumb)

Purchased the contract of UT Michael Martinez and Recalled him from Columbus (AAA)

AAA: Activated C Alex Lavisky from the Disabled List

I believe the reason Martinez was recalled and not Collin Cowgill or Joey Butler was to allow Jose Ramirez to play the outfield. Martinez is mainly an infielder, though he can play the outfield if needed.

As for Brantley, it looks like even the conservative approach the Indians took with him wasn't conservative enough. He's scheduled to meet with Dr. Craig Morton, who performed his surgery last winter, today. Hopefully his prescription for Brantley is just rest.

Lavisky's activation gives the Clippers three catchers once again (Moore, Quiroz).

May 15

Promoted OF David Armendariz from Extended Spring to Lynchburg (A)

May 16

Promoted OF Bobby Ison from Lake County (A-) to Columbus (AAA)

I think this move was made just to give the Clippers another outfielder for a day or two. There was no corresponding move to add an outfielder to Lake County's roster from Extended Spring, so I'm guessing Ison is headed back to Eastlake as you read this.

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May 15 2016

I might be proven wrong in just a couple of hours, but I think the Indians are going to option Tyler Naquin to Columbus instead of Michael Martinez this afternoon. With Jose Ramirez one the team's best hitters, I think he's going to be the regular left fielder in Michael Brantley's absence, and so Martinez would have a more logical role on the roster as a utility infielder. Martinez can also play the outfield if needed, including center field. Lonnie Chisenhall would also get some time in center if the situation calls for it.

Naquin has gotten  results at the plate, but there's a lot of smoke and mirrors involved in that .323/.344/.419 line, including a .479 BA on Balls in Play (BABIP). He's also struggled in the outfield, which is the main strike against him; the Indians were counting on solid (or better) defense from him, and would have been content with a weak bat had they gotten a strong glove in return.

After Cody Anderson's poor start against the Reds, I don't see any possibility of him making his next start with the Indians, which is scheduled to be on Saturday against the white-hot Red Sox. Further complicating matters is the upcoming doubleheader against the White Sox on Monday, when the Indians will need two starters. There are four healthy starting pitchers on the 40-man roster, and three of them in AAA (Merritt, Clevinger, House). Merritt last pitched on May 14th, House last pitched on May 13th, and Clevinger last pitched on May 11th, so the Indians could conceivably have Clevinger pitch tonight in Columbus and then in one of the games of the doubleheader in Chicago, and replace Anderson with either Merritt or House on Saturday in Boston (with either of them skipping their next scheduled start in Columbus).