Activated 1B Carlos Santana from the Paternity List
Optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Columbus (AAA)
This move left the Cleveland Indians with “only” seven relievers, but with the All-Star break two days away there was little risk of burning out the bullpen.
Placed 2B Jason Kipnis on the 10-day Disabled List
Recalled 3B Giovanny Urshela from Columbus (AAA)
On the face of it, it is a bit odd to call up a third baseman to replace Kipnis, especially one that isn’t hitting well in Triple-A. And if you’re going to call up a third baseman, why not Yandy Diaz?
But I think this makes sense on a couple of levels. The Indians are going to use this opportunity to give Erik Gonzalez his first regular playing time, and because of that there aren’t going to be many opportunities for the backup infielder, whoever he was, to get at-bats. So Yandy Diaz, instead of playing maybe once a week, will continue to play every day in Columbus. Also, Urshela has started to play elsewhere on the diamond, including at shortstop.
With Jose Ramirez now ensconced at third and Yandy Diaz the presumed backup, Urshela is going to have to fill a different role to remain on the roster, and this is an opportunity for him to show that he can be a utility player.
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Chisenhall and the outfield
The Indians are going to place Lonnie Chisenhall on the disabled list today with a calf injury (he left Sunday’s game with it). They’ll make the move retroactive to Sunday, but based on the timetable for his return (perhaps early August), it’s not going to matter much.
I was thinking the Indians might recall Shawn Armstrong and give Abe Almonte the regular at-bats in right field, but instead they’ll be giving Tyler Naquin another shot. Perhaps the move was made with the upcoming series in San Francisco in mind; having only a three-man bench in a National League park could have bitten them in a close game.
I also think that Naquin will stay on the roster even when Austin Jackson returns. Jackson would spell Bradley Zimmer in center, while Naquin and Brandon Guyer would platoon in right. Almonte does have an option left, in case you’re wondering.
Salazar’s slow journey back to the majors continued over the All-Star break. He started a game in Mahoning Valley on Tuesday night, and felt well afterwards, which is really the only goal for a start at that low a level (with the higher levels on break, Mahoning Valley was the only real option).
The surprising part about his post-game comments (see WFNY for the complete interview) was that he’s been pitching with some type of pain all season.