Countdown to The Draft
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By: T.J. Zuppe
Following Friday night’s loss to the Texas Rangers, the Cleveland Indians announced some roster reinforcements were on the way.
As the rosters expand in September, the Tribe will it’s first round of callups by recalling infielder Russ Canzler and left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus. They will also be adding Double-A outfielder Thomas Neal from Akron.
Canzler and Barnes are both currently on the Indians’ 40-man roster. However, Neal is not and will need to be added. Likely, the Tribe will move right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin to the 60-day disabled list to make room.
Canzler has spent the entire season in Columbus. The right-handed slugger is hitting .265 with 22 home runs, 36 doubles and 79 RBI.
He was acquired in the off-season from the Tampa Bay Rays. He has one hit in three career major league at-bats.
Barnes will be making his third trip to Cleveland this season, where he has made seven appearances out of the bullpen, working 10 innings, surrendering nine runs. He has struck out ten, while walking seven.
Neal, acquired last season for second-baseman Orlando Cabrera, has spent the entire season with the Aeros after logging time with the Clippers last season.
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