Several Clippers await call to Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians can expand their roster beyond 25 players on Sunday, which coincides with the second-to-last game of the Clippers season.
Word likely will surface after Saturday night's Columbus game at Toledo.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters yesterday that the moves would come "in two different waves." The first wave is Sunday. The second wave will come following the end of the minor league season on Monday.
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reported that Francona did note that the first wave could include"up to three pitchers, one infielder and a catcher on Sunday."
The Indians did acquire outfielder Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks today. They recalled Clippers pitcher Scott Barnes (left wrist) from Columbus and placed him on the 60-day disabled list to create 40-man roster room for Kubel.
Beyond Barnes, who hasn't pitched in about two months, the Clippers haveeight pitchers on the 40-man roster, one infielder and one outfielder.
Josh Tomlin is scheduled tostart Sunday in Huntington Park for the Clippers. I'm told that is going to happen. So he won't be in the Sunday group. He has looked too good in two starts for Columbus to not rejoin the Tribe in the second wave, however.
The other pitching possibilities are relievers Nick Hagadone, Preston Guilmet, Matt Langwell, Chen-Chang Lee, Vinnie Pestano and Blake Wood.
Veteran lefty reliever Clay Rapada is not on the roster, but has pitched well enough to gain a look if the Indians can find 40-man roster room for him.
Starting pitchers Trevor Bauer and T.J. House are on the 40-man roster. The Indians don't need another starter with Corey Kluber getting closer to a return. Both Bauer and House may have pitched their last games ofthe season.
The Clippers currently have two non-roster catchers: Omir Santos and Roberto Perez. Santos has been up once this season already. Perez is five years younger and has a stronger arm. Calling up either would require a 40-man spot.
The catching situation changed quickly. Cleveland signed Kelly Shoppach today and assigned him to the Clippers. He was with the Indians from 2006-09. He could jump ahead of Santos and Perez for the call-up. He also would require a 40-man spot.
The only infielder on the 40-man is shortstop Juan Diaz. Non-roster infielder Ryan Rohlinger has been the steadiest performer for the Clippers this season.
Tim Fedroff is the only outfielder on the 40-man. The trade for Kubel might have closed the door on him.