Indians place Mike Aviles on family medical emergency list

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The Indians announced this afternoon that infielder Mike Aviles was placed on the family medical emergency list.

This is the second time this season that Aviles has been placed on the family medical emergency list. Of course, he was away from the team briefly in May after his four-year-old daughter, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia. Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Aviles is again tending to his daughter at the Cleveland Clinic. Keep her in your thoughts.

The Indians have called up infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus to take Aviles’ place on the active roster. Ramirez began this season as the starting shortstop, but he batted just .180/.247/.240 over 170 plate appearances prior to being demoted last month. Top prospect Francisco Lindor has since taken over as Cleveland’s regular shortstop and No. 2 hitter.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.