CLEVELAND -- The Indians made multiple moves prior to Sunday’s series finale against Minnesota, most notably, placing outfielder Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain.
Manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to the game that the wrist has been an issue for a spell for Guyer, who is off to a miserable start, batting .182 with a home run and five RBIs over 21 games. The platoon right fielder against left-handed pitching is hitting just .174 (8-for-46) against lefties.
Cleveland also designated infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez for assignment. The versatile bench player who has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Indians and is one of Francona’s favorites, went
4-for-11 in 15 games.
To fill the roster spots, outfielder Daniel Robertson and infielder Erik Gonzalez were promoted from Triple-A Columbus.
Robertson, 31, was a non-roster invitee to spring training and made a strong bid to make the club -- batting .328 with nine RBIs over 25 games -- but suffered a strained left hamstring at the end of the exhibition season that sidelined him for five weeks. He went 7-for-15 in four games with Columbus prior to the promotion.
Robertson started in right field Sunday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his first at-bat in the second inning.
“He had a nice little at-bat where he fought his first time up,” Francona said of Robertson, who became the first player in franchise history to wear the No. 99 in a regular-season game. “He plays with a lot of energy. We know him pretty well.”
Gonzalez has spent the entire season at Columbus, where he’s batting .269 with four doubles, three triples, five homers and 11 RBIs over 32 games. He also made his season debut, replacing Francisco Lindor at shortstop in the seventh inning and collecting a base hit in his only at-bat in the eighth.
RIP with RISP
Hitting in the clutch has been an issue all season for the Indians, who entered Sunday batting .209 with runners in scoring position -- the second-lowest average in the majors to Kansas City’s .203 average through Saturday.
The main culprits have been a couple of Cleveland’s most high-profile players -- Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor.
Encarnacion, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract this offseason, was batting .103 (3-for-29) with runners in scoring position through Saturday, while Lindor was at .152 (5-for-33).
Yandy Diaz (.111, 2-for-18) and Yan Gomes (.150, 3-for-20) have also scuffled in the department, with Carlos Santana (.323, 10-for-31) accounting for the only Indians regular batting over .300 through Saturday.
It was fitting that Jason Kipnis’ mother Kay was in attendance to watch a big performance from her son, who had four hits, including two homers, and drove in four runs in the Mother’s Day win.
“Mom and dad came down for the weekend,” Kipnis said of his parents, who live in Chicago. “Had dinner with them (Saturday) night, a little Mother’s Day dinner, and they stayed for the game until about the eighth inning and they hit the road so they could back at a decent hour in Chicago.”
The Indians wrap up a six-game homestand with a three-game series against Tampa Bay that begins tonight at 6:10.
Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 1.86 ERA) opens the set, opposing RHP Chris Archer (3-1, 3.04), while Danny Salazar (2-3, 5.20) goes for Cleveland on Tuesday (6:10 p.m.) against RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 2.61).
Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87) starts the series finale Wednesday (12:10 p.m.) against RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.65).
The teams are meeting for the first time this year, with the Indians posting a 10-3 record against Tampa Bay over the past two seasons.
Andrew Miller’s scoreless streak remained intact after the left-hander retired two of the three batters he faced in the eighth inning Sunday. Miller hasn’t allowed a run over 15 appearances, striking out 23 batters over
17 1/3 innings. ... The four homers matched a season-high for the Indians. ... Tonight, 6:10, STO; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM.