Roster move today:— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 9, 2017
Gio Urshela recalled from Columbus
Kip placed on DL (hamstring strain) pic.twitter.com/tUTPlX1ReM
The injury comes at a fortunate or unfortunate time depending on how you view it. With the All-Star break upon us, it means Kipnis will miss fewer games than one would normally expect; however, his bat began to heat up over the last couple of weeks as he remained healthy.
Giovanny Urshela earns the recall from Triple-A Columbus to take his place in the 25-man roster. Urshela last suited up for Cleveland in 2015, before the ascension of Francisco Lindor. During his time in Columbus this season, Urshela swatted .266/.321/.374 and continued to be an effective fielding option at multiple infield positions.
This begs the question as to where Urshela will play. His natural position is third base, but a certain Jose Ramirez just earned an All-Star nod at that position. Erik Gonzalez can handle second defensively, although his overall makeup is still more suitable in a utility role. Ramirez likely won’t balk at a move back to second — he played there at the beginning of the year while Kipnis rehabbed another injury. Still, I wonder what effect that would have, if any, on his day-to-day level of play.
Regardless, this is a chance for Urshela to prove he belongs at the major league level. An impressive performance might open up some interesting trade deadline dialogue.