Indians put Michael Brantley on DL, call up Nick Hagadone

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With Jim Thome joining the club, the Indians have shaken up their roster some in advance of Friday’s game against the Royals.  Left fielder Michael Brantley (wrist) and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (elbow) have both gone on the DL, and left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone has been called up to make his major league debut.

Hagadone, a 2006 supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox, was seen by many as just as important of a piece as Justin Masterson in the July 31, 2009 deal that sent Victor Martinez from Cleveland to Boston.  However, his command deserted him in 2010, and the Indians opted to shift him to the pen at the end of the year.  He’s been a fine reliever this season, amassing a 2.65 ERA and a 74/21 K/BB ratio in 68 innings between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Still, Hagadone’s stay could be a short one, as the Indians will need to replace Tomlin in the rotation next week.  Jeanmar Gomez and Mitch Talbot will be candidates to claim the spot.  Talbot, who cleared waivers and was outright to Triple-A earlier this month, pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start for Columbus.

Brantley’s absence leaves the Indians with just 3 1/2 outfielders in Shin-Soo Choo, Kosuke Fukudome, Ezequiel Carrera and Shelley Duncan.  One wonders if they’ll consider giving Matt LaPorta the occasional start in left against a lefty.  In Fukudome, Carrera and Jim Thome, they have three players who don’t typically face many southpaws.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.