Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in Thursday's 11-2 win over the White Sox. Gonzalez took fill-in starter Mike Pelfrey deep for a two-run shot in the third inning after Edwin Encarnacion got him in the first and Francisco Lindor hit one out in the second. He later added a sacrifice fly in the seventh and a solo homer in the ninth. Despite this performance, the 26-year-old middle infielder doesn't have the offensive capabilities of his fellow infielders, which is why he usually bats ninth when he's inserted into the lineup. Gonzalez's .281/.293/.469 line in 100 plate appearances is respectable, though.
Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. For the third time this season, Jason Kipnis (hamstring) landed on the DL. Gonzalez owns a .272/.400/.672 slash line over 39 games with the Tribe this year. He'll fill the reserve role at second and third base while Kipnis is sidelined.
Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Just a day after he was summoned back to the big club, Gonzalez will head back to the minors to clear room for recently acquired Jay Bruce. The 25-year-old, who has slashed .263/.272/.400 in 80 at-bats for the Indians this season, will rejoin Columbus with his eyes set on a September call-up.
Gonzalez was recalled by the Indians on Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez returns to the big leagues just days after being sent down to Triple-A Columbus, taking the roster spot of the injured Michael Brantley (ankle). The 25-year-old has mainly served in a utility role for Cleveland this year, slashing a respectable .263/.272/.400 over just 80 at-bats and playing four different positions in the field. He'll likely find himself relegated to a reserve bat off the bench, only to be optioned down once Brantley is able to return from his mild ankle sprain.
Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. With Jason Kipnis returning from the disabled list, there simply wasn't room for Gonzalez at the major-league level. Although the 25-year-old struck out his fair share of times, he managed to post a respectable .263 batting average in 80 plate appearances with Cleveland. He'll now head back to the minors for further development with an eye on a September callup.
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