The Cleveland Indians, desperate for an offensive upgrade, have called up Oscar Mercado. He’ll be starting in left field in this afernoon’s game against the White Sox.
Mercado, 24, was hitting .294/.396/.496 four home runs and 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts through 30 games for Triple-A Columbus. He can play all three outfield positions and, obviously, has some wheels.
Mercado, a second round pick by the Cardinals in 2013, was traded to the Indians last summer in exchange for minor league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres.
The Indians have the 27th ranked offense in baseball and are, by far, the worst offensive team among contenders.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.