Slowly but surely, the Indians’ outfield is returning to full strength. Brandon Guyer has been activated from the disabled list, where he spent the better part of a month after suffering a left wrist sprain. To make room for Guyer, Melky Cabrera has been designated for assignment.
Now that he is back with the big league club, Guyer will need to improve upon a sluggish start to the season that saw him slashing .150/.244/.325 through 33 games. He was having some relative success against left-handed pitching — .229/.339/.500 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 48 at-bats — so hopefully he can build on that. I assume we’ll continue to see him platoon in right field with Lonnie Chisenhall, as manager Terry Francona has been wont to do.
This marks the end of Cabrera’s brief tenure with the Tribe. The veteran outfielder was signed back in April before being promoted from Triple-A Columbus in May, when the Indians were without Chisenhall, Guyer, Tyler Naquin, and Bradley Zimmer. Cabrera played in 17 games for Cleveland and hovered around the Mendoza line for most of that stretch.