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Indians designate Leonys Martín for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Leonys Martín for assignment, the team announced Saturday. The move cleared a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters for right-hander Aaron Civale, who’s scheduled to make his major-league debut when the Indians take on the Tigers at 4:10 PM EDT.

Martín, 31, labored through a slow start to his 2019 campaign, slashing a mere .199/.276/.343 with nine home runs and 19 RBI through 264 plate appearances. His subpar production levels on the field and at the plate fed into a career-worst -0.6 fWAR, and he finished his run with Cleveland after going 0-for-3 during a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Without their veteran centerfielder, the Indians will utilize Oscar Mercado in center, Jake Bauers in left, and Tyler Naquin in right. Civale, meanwhile, will take the mound for his first MLB start; so far in 2019, the 24-year-old holds a 5-0 record in seven starts at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, with a cumulative 2.85 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 across 41 innings.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.