The Cleveland Indians recalled outfielder Daniel Johnson for the 2020 season opener, replacing Tyler Naquin.
Roster move today in advance of tonight's opener:— Tribeinsider (@tribeinsider) July 24, 2020
+Recalled OF Daniel Johnson from the Alternate Training Site.
Naquin look terrific throughout summer camp, but a foul ball struck his toe several days ago and is still not game-ready.
Looks like Tyler Naquin’s foot needs a few more days of rest. He fouled a ball off his right foot on Monday and has missed the last few days with a right big toe contusion. Tito said they had to get it drained the other day. https://t.co/48fRP6zdTX— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) July 24, 2020
I’ve never had a toe drained before, but I imagine I’d prefer to stay off of my feet for a bit in the aftermath.
The good news for the Indians is that Johnson also looked terrific when he appeared in games this summer. The outfielder is a top prospect according to most rankings, flashing five-tool talent and a spiffy beard.
Naquin’s leaky toe is unlikely to keep him out of the lineup for any extended period of time. However, the resultant roster shuffling scrambles an already confusing pile of outfielders, all of whom have some legitimate claim to the everyday roster.
It’s not the ideal way in which certain members of the community wanted to Tribe to #LetDJSpin, but here’s hoping that Johnson makes the most of this opportunity.