A trio of roster moves were made by the Cleveland Indians Tuesday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians recently had to place Michael Brantley on the disabled list, but today they activated another outfielder in Lonnie Chisenhall from the Bereavement List. Cleveland also has demoted right-hander Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus and in his place has called up right- hander Mike Clevinger.
Once that occurs, I could see Chisenhall possibly playing more regularly rather than being in a platoon role. On the season, Chisenhall has only driven in three runs and has a slash line of .255/.296/.333/.630.
Anderson again struggled yesterday even though the Cleveland Indians won the game. Anderson only went 4 1/3 innings, while giving up nine hits, two home runs, and six runs (all of them earned).
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Clevinger will be pitching for the first time tomorrow in the major leagues on the road versus the Cincinnati Reds. He was acquired in the Vinny Pestano trade with the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels. Not only was Clevinger traded for Pestano, but he will now be wearing number 52, Pestano’s old jersey number.
Since being part of the Cleveland Indians organization, Clevinger has pitched for three of the Tribe’s minor league affiliates accumulating a record of 14-9 record. That is a solid record, but he has pitched even better this season earning a 5-0 record with the Columbus Clippers.
It was expected of Anderson to take the next step this season as he improves as a pitcher. However, the complete opposite has occurred. Unless an injury happens and/or he gets on a roll like last season, Anderson cannot be relied upon and should not be called up by the Cleveland Indians.
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With the moves that were made today, it is obvious what Cleveland is looking for out of those three players. For Chisenhall, making a greater impact overall, specifically offensively is needed (especially with Brantley out).
As for Anderson, where is the pitcher that gave the Tribe a very good season last year? It is still early for him to improve upon his weaknesses, but progress has to start sooner rather than later.
Teams cannot have enough pitching. If the Cleveland Indians can add to their offense later in the season or at least improve upon what they have, any added pitching depth would be critical (possibly for a playoffs run).
Clevinger is worthy of this opportunity, just like Anderson was in the second half of last season. Yet, can he do enough to be a positive for the Cleveland Indians pitching staff?
Or will he struggle to the point of being demoted at some point? Time will tell, but Clevinger can come close to what he did in Triple-A, the Tribe should have another impressive pitcher at the big league level who should not be demoted during his time as a rookie MLB pitcher.