The Indians offense needs some help and they’re getting it very soon.
Over night, reports out of Venezuela surfaced that the former All-Star outfielder was being promoted to the big league club.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network confirmed those reports early Saturday morning.
Gonzalez signed with the Indians in late March with an opt out date of April 20th and he started the season with the Columbus Clippers, the Indians Triple-A affiliate.
In six games with the Clippers, Gonzalez hit .348 with one home run and three runs batted in, .483 on base percentage and a 1.004 OPS. It’s a small sample size but i think the club is confident that Gonzalez can contribute immediately.
Gonzalez has played in eleven major league seasons and has a career average of .287 with 231 home runs, 775 RBIs and an OPS of .851.
It’ll be interesting to see who the Indians will send down in a corresponding move. More than likely it’ll be Jordan Luplow who could use the extra at-bats down in Columbus.
It’ll also be interesting to see how Terry Francona inserts Gonzalez into the lineup.
Will he take Naquin out of the lineup now that he’s starting to play well or will he move Jake Bauers to first base and Carlos Santana to designated hitter to let Gonzalez be the left fielder.
With Gonzalez being promoted and Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor soon to be returning from injury, the Indians offense should start to improve although they’ve been able to weather the storm early on with an 8-5 record.