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Giambi activated, Wood optioned to Columbus

Giambi activated, Wood optioned to Columbus
Jason Giambi (Photo: USA Today)
April 21, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated designated hitter Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list.  To make room on the 25-man roster they have optioned right-handed pitcher Blake Wood to Triple-A Columbus.

Giambi has been on the disabled list since March 30 after suffering a right rib fracture on March 7 vs. the Chicago Cubs (hit by pitch).  Giambi, 43, is currently fourth among active Major League players in home runs (438) and RBI (1436) and is making his 2014 debut on the Major League roster.  He spent three games rehabbing with Double-A Akron (April 11-16) last week and went 0-for-8 at the plate with four strikeouts.

Wood has gone 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in seven relief outings thus far in 2014 (6.1 IP, 4H, 5R/ER, 7 BB, 7 K). The move leaves the Indians with 12 pitchers and 13 position players.

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Joe Chengery
April 21, 2014 - 8:06 PM EDT
Figured that Chisenhall could not be sent down- he is one of the few Indians hitting, and Chisenhall's main attribute when he was drafted was his bat, not his defense. The fact he's finally hitting, and especially to start out of the gate, when much of the rest of the team is struggling, it really didn't surprise me.

I would have been much more surprised if they had sent him down, especially after Morgan gets replaced by Bourn, and Bourn has done virtually nothing upon his return. That just about sealed the fact Chisenhall couldn't be sent down- it won't matter much whether there's 7 or 8 guys in the bullpen if you can't score and if your starters don't pitch well, and largely, they haven't.

Right now, the Indians need to get the bats going and try to play from out in front (I.e. The starters have to start pitching better), and Chisenhall can help with that first part.
Seth
April 21, 2014 - 4:09 PM EDT
Not only is Chisenhall on the team, he's the team's cleanup hitter tonight! Francona did that just to spite the people who speculated the old man would be replacing Lonnie.
Hermie13
April 21, 2014 - 3:17 PM EDT
Don't the Indians still have 12 pitchers though and only 13 position players (not 14 and 11)?

5 man rotation: MAsterson, Kluber, Z-Mac, Salazar, CC
7 man pen: Axford, Shaw, Allen, Scrabble, Outman, Atchison, Lee
Hermie13
April 21, 2014 - 3:16 PM EDT
As much as Johnson seems like a wasted spot...glad a bullpen arm went out for Giambi. Gotta wonder if Carrasco making it to the 6th yesterday saved one of Chiz/Johnson's job as it kept the bullpen from being overworked.

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