Clevelinks: Cleveland Indians Place Aviles on Family Medical Leave, Recall Jose Ramirez


Mike Aviles placed on Family Medical Emergency List; Cleveland Indians recall Jose Ramirez

The Cleveland Indians recalled Jose Ramirez and placed utility man Mike Aviles on the Family Medical Emergency list yesterday. Back in May, the Tribe placed Aviles on this same list due to his daughter’s diagnosis with leukemia, and while the reason why Aviles has been placed on this list has not yet been announced, it very likely involved his daughter’s cancer.

Aviles, 34, currently owns a wRC+ of 88 and has performed at roughly replacement level this season. The Cleveland Indians acquired the utility man as part of the Yan Gomes trade, in which the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Esmil Rogers for Aviles and Gomes. As we all know, this trade has been a steal for the Tribe, especially since Rogers has yet to be more than a replacement level player.

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On the other side of the transaction lies Jose Ramirez, who got off to a horrendous start to the season. In just 46 games, he managed to amass a -0.8 fWAR due to his slash-line of .180/.247/.240, and surprisingly, he struggled in the field despite a history of being a superb defender. He has, however, shown signs of life in Triple-A, and as Katrina Putnam wrote just two days ago, the switch-hitter has destroyed Triple-A pitching since his demotion.

On a final note, the Cleveland Indians opened a series against the Oakland Athletics in a final attempt to reach the .500 mark before the All-Star Game break. Entering the series, the team sat at two games under .500 and had a 32.3% chance of making the Post Season, according to FanGraphs.

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