The Rangers announced on Tuesday that outfielder Hunter Pence has been activated from the 10-day injured list. Outfielder Willie Calhoun has been optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Other roster moves included placing pitcher Jesse Biddle on the 10-day IL due to left shoulder fatigue and recalling pitcher Taylor Guerrieri from Nashville.
Pence, 36, had been out since mid-June due to a strained right groin. The 2019 AL All-Star resumes batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 215 plate appearances.
Calhoun, 24, battled a quad injury himself earlier this year. Since returning from the IL, he posted a .675 OPS with three homers in 20 games. He’ll continue to serve as outfield depth as needed through the end of the season.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.