The Cleveland Indians announced that they’ve designated Melky Cabrera for assignment. The move was made to make from for Brandon Guyer, who was activated from the disabled list.
Cabrera, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Tribe in late April, but he has hit a paltry .207/.243/.293 in 66 plate appearances. Last year he hit .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.
Cabrera has spent time with the Yankees, Braves, Royals, Giants, Blue Jays, White Sox and Indians in the course of his fourteen-year career. He’s a one-time All-Star and won a World Series ring with the 2009 Yankees.
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.