The Cleveland Indians Could See More Call-Ups
September baseball means that teams get a brief glimpse of their futures in the form of September call-ups. With this in mind, Matt Bretz wonders if there are more September call-ups on the way. As he notes, there are several former big leaguers on the 40-man roster that could be called up soon. Players such as C.C. Lee and Tyler Holt seem to be good bets to return to the Cleveland Indians soon, and Jesus Aguilar and Michael Choice could see playing time on the big league team as well.
In other news, the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers have decided on a make-up date for the 12th of September rainout. The two teams will battle again on the fifth of October, if it has postseason consequences; otherwise, they will simply end the season with a rare 161 games played. While under ideal situations this game would prove unnecessary due to the Tribe already securing a Wild Card spot, game 162 would be played the day before the Wild Card game.
On a different note, Corey Kluber returned from a right hamstring injury the other night, but Terry Francona pulling the plug on his start after just four innings of work blemished his return. At the time, Kluber has only thrown 61 pitches and had struck out five batters against no walks and two earned runs. Yesterday, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reported that Terry Francona said that he “might have been overprotective” with such a short leash. At the same time, Tito acknowledged that it was Kluber’s first start in 19 days, and he, understandably, did not want to apologize for protecting the reigning Cy Young Award winner’s arm.
Finally, Terry Francona defended the timing of Francisco Lindor’s promotion. The team Lindor, now in the midst of the Rookie of the Year Award conversation, in mid-June instead of earlier, but Francona said that it is better to have a top-prospect come up and play like a star instead of struggle for months. A large concern for calling up the switch-hitter was how well his bat would transition to The Show, but that now appears to have been a moot concern.
More from around the AL Central:
Cleveland Indians; Are More September Call-Ups on the Way? – Wahoo’s on First
Kansas City Royals Look to Get One Step Closer to AL Central Title – Kings of Kauffman
Chicago White Sox Could Have a Starter in Mike Olt – Southside Showdown
Five Keys to a Potential Playoff Run – Puckett’s Pond