Naquin was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. With the Indians' bullpen having been taxed for 7.1 innings of work during Sunday's contest, the club will call upon minor-league pitcher Ryan Merritt to take the roster spot of Naquin and provide a fresh arm in relief. Naquin is just 5-for-25 at the plate in the big leagues this season.
Naquin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. After being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday following Lonnie Chisenhall's (calf) placement on the 10-day disabled list, Naquin found himself in the starting nine for back-to-back games, producing one hit in seven at-bats. It still looks as though Naquin could be the primary right fielder against right-handed pitching, but he'll be on the bench Sunday with lefty Sean Manaea on the hill. With the Indians scheduled to face left-handers Monday (Matt Moore) and Tuesday (Ty Blach) against the Giants, Naquin may not see much burn over the next three days.
Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. He replaces Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) on the active roster and will take Chisenhall's spot in right field right away, batting eighth against right-hander Sonny Gray. Naquin has struggled in a small sample at the major-league level this year, but he's been quite good with Columbus (.309/.372/.496 line in 35 games). It would make sense if he served on the strong side of a platoon while Chisenhall is on the mend, ceding starts against lefties to Brandon Guyer.
Naquin is with the team in Oakland and will likely be recalled Friday when Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) is officially placed on the disabled list, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Losing Chisenhall will be a blow to the Indians' outfield corps, but Naquin will be a competent replacement in his absence. Naquin has spent the bulk of his season at Triple-A Columbus where he's slashed .309/.372/.496 over 35 games. He'll likely be on the short side of a platoon with Abraham Almonte in right field for the time being.
Naquin (back) was activated from the 7-day DL at Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. He will resume starting in the Triple-A outfield, likely putting up impressive numbers while he awaits an opening at the big-league level. Through a small 59 plate-appearance sample, Naquin has a .396/.441/.528 slash line for the Clippers.
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