The Cleveland Indians today acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Nathan Lukes and righty Jhonleider Salinas.
Guyer is a solid depth/platoon guy, who has hit .283/.384/.464 in 472 career plate appearances against left-handed pitching and he can play all three outfield positions. This season he’s hitting .241 with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 18 RBI in 63 games. He gets hit by a LOT of pitches.
Lukes, 22, was a seventh round pick last year and is currently playing in high-A. Salinas is 20, pitching in rookie ball. He strikes out a lot of dudes.
A nice pickup for the Indians who will definitely help their lineup and flexibility.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.