Brayan Rocchio is back with Guardians and needs to stay this time

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The Cleveland Guardians have recalled shortstop Brayan Rocchio in a flurry of moves Friday afternoon that include the IL swaps of two pitchers and Josh Bell landing on the paternity list. Rocchio may or may not play immediately (if at all), but the bottom line is that he needs to stay with the big league club this time around.

What this comes down to is finding a way to work a young promising prospect in Rocchio into their everyday plans. Even if that is not as a full-time player at one position to start, just getting something resembling regular playing time would be a welcome sight for this Guardians team.

This is also about Amed Rosario's chances of staying in Cleveland beyond the deadline dwindling as each day passes. Rosario's bat is just not cutting it at the moment and the fact he bats second is just causing more frustration to grow. There is absolutely no reason for someone who is not hitting (.227 batting average) or getting on base enough (.274 on-base percentage) to continue hitting second.

There is also the aspect of needing to create a succession plan. Anyone and everyone is aware that Rosario will not be here after this year. Inserting a young prospect like Rocchio into the mix and allowing him to become comfortable with what should be his future teammates would be a wise decision for the Guardians. It is best to get the massive shellshock of playing in the majors regularly out of the way so when it is time to turn the keys over to Rocchio he is more than ready.

Rocchio has appeared in three games with the Guardians this season, collecting two hits in 10 at-bats, both singles. The 22-year old is slashing .323/.394/.460 down in Columbus where he clearly has nothing left to prove. There is no time like the present to begin the transition of the shortstop postion. All that needs to happen now is the Guardians opting to keep Rocchio with the big league club rather than send him back to Triple-A. Everyone knows what the Guardians should do, whether they actually do it is a different story entirely.