Cleveland Indians make a roster move and shoot up in ESPN power rankings

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The Cleveland Indians made a roster move today while also shooting up in ESPN’s MLB power rankings. We recap that news right here.

The MLB Draft continues on today as the Cleveland Indians are back in action against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The team welcomed fans back after the day off by making a roster move.

It seemed obvious that Lonnie Chisenhall would regain a roster spot once he was healthy, but it is somewhat surprising Bradley Zimmer was sent down instead of Greg Allen. Allen has been playing well enough to stay and apparently the front office agreed, even though Zimmer was supposed to be the starting center fielder this year.

This is not likely a permanent demotion for Zimmer who is slashing .226/.281/.330. He just needs to get it going on offense, and perhaps a trip to Columbus will help him do just that.

More roster decisions loom as Brandon Guyer and Tyler Naquin prepare to return from the DL. Some fans may want to see Rajai Davis and/or Melky Cabrera let go, but Allen may be first in line after surviving over Zimmer.

This is a nice problem to have, unless you’re a fringe player. Then it is torture.

In other news, the Indians have moved up to the No. 8 overall spot in ESPN’s MLB power rankings, even after losing three straight to the Minnesota Twins to end the weekend. This comes after the Indians were ranked No. 12 overall last week. The six-game winning streak before this three-game slide surely helped their cause in the rankings.

The Indians have a tough week ahead with the Brewers and the Detroit Tigers on the schedule. The Tigers were never supposed to be a tough opponent this year, but they currently sit just 2.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central.

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It should be a fun week!