Hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss, the Cleveland Indians pulled off a quartet of roster moves on Monday afternoon before their scheduled tilt with the Kansas City Royals.
As expected, Memorial Day starter Josh Tomlin was activated from the disabled list, while regular third baseman Jack Hannahan took his place on the inactive roster due to a left calf strain. In addition, the Indians designated reliever Jairo Asencio for assignment and called up infielder Lonnie Chisenhall to fill the roster spot.
roster moves: Tomlin activated from DL; Chisenhall recalled from Columbus; Hannahan DL (Left calf strain); Asencio designated for assignment— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 28, 2012
Losing a .274 hitter like Hannahan is not the most pleasant scenario for a first-place team, but the Indians have to be ecstatic about getting Tomlin back at full health. The 27-year-old righty won 12 games with a 4.25 ERA last year over 26 starts, and posted an impressive 1.08 WHIP along the way. With inconsistent performances from Cleveland starters becoming more of a trend, Tomlin's presence in the rotation could be a driving force to get this team back on track.
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