Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians are expected to promote Zach Walters, not prospect Francisco Lindor, to replace Jose Ramirez on the 25-man roster. Ramirez was demoted on Sunday after batting .180/.247/.240 across 170 plate appearances.
Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the deadline last July in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade, has spent most of the 2015 season with Triple-A Columbus. He posted a mediocre .701 OPS in 118 PA.
Lindor, 21, ranked among the game’s 10 best prospects entering the season according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus. With Columbus, he has hit .269/.342/.393 with two home runs, 21 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 231 PA. Rosenthal suggests that Lindor could get his promotion to the majors soon, though.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.