Bauer, LaPorta sent to Columbus, Wood to Akron
In a move that was expected, the Cleveland Indians today announced that right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. No corresponding roster move has been announced to replace him on the 25-man roster, but with an off day on Thursday, one is expected to be announced on Friday.
Bauer, 22, is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts for Cleveland and has allowed just three hits and has seven strikeouts in 10.0 innings of work, though has struggled with his command as he has 13 strikeouts. He returns to the Columbus rotation where the Indians will continue to work on his mechanics to improve his fastball command and have him ready for a callup when a starting needs arises in the near future.
With outfielder Michael Bourn still unable to play and set to go on a rehab assignment sometime next week, the Indians will need to add a player from Columbus. It remains to be seen if they will add a position player or add an eighth arm in the pen again, but the most likely option is lefty Scott Barnes or maybe even infielder Cord Phelps. Lefty Nick Hagadone is ineligible to be called up as he must spend at least 10 days in the minors after being optioned out on Wednesday.
The Indians also announced that right-hander Blake Wood is set to begin a major league rehab assignment on Saturday at Double-A Akron. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Unless he has a setback, after his 30-day rehab assignment ends he will be removed from the 60-day disabled list and added back as an active member on the 40-man roster. This means a player will need to be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for him. He does have an option remaining, so he does not need to be immediately activated and added to the Cleveland roster.
In other news, first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta has been activated on the Triple-A Columbus roster. He had been in extended spring training playing in games and working his was back from offseason hip surgery.
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I mean think for a second about how important your hips are to hitting a major league fastball? Then take into consideration trying to find yourself as a young player in the majors.
Its still a long shot but who the heck knows? If he really is healed and healthy maybe he can grow into a 265 with 20 homers type hitter. We could do worse.
BUT, I hope to god we resign Mr. Reynolds. I would do it now where he might be inclined to have a safety net. I mean we all know hes not going to hit like this all season but the power from the right side is exactly what this team needed.
You got 3 nice on base switch hitters in Swish, Ascab and Santana. Two leadoff type guys in Brantley and Bourn and two young promising lefties in Chiz and Kipnis. Mr. Reynolds is the power bat that holds it all together. Not only that but he can play 1st, 3rd and DH so hes got some added value there.