Velazquez (undisclosed) was traded from Tampa Bay to Cleveland on Wednesday in exchange for international bonus pool money. The 24-year-old utility man has just 24 big-league plate appearances to his name and hasn't done much with them, slashing .182/.250/.273. He owns a respectable .271/.329/.450 slash line for Triple-A Durham this season. He'll be assigned to the minor-league injured list with Triple-A Columbus due to an undisclosed injury.
Velazquez (thumb) went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over Charlotte and is now 3-for-9 with three strikeouts since his return from the injured list. A thumb sprain put Velazquez on the IL in early June and cost him a little more than two weeks. Velazquez is batting .273/.326/.453 with four homers and two steals (five attempts) through 33 games with Durham this season; those numbers are underwhelming in a vacuum and particularly lackluster when considering Velazquez is about to turn 25. He remains on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster, for now.
Velazquez has been placed on the minor-league injured list at Triple-A Durham with a thumb sprain and is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The infielder has logged a couple of major-league stints already this season, hitting just .083 over 12 plate appearances. However, he's enjoyed much more success with the Bulls, slashing a solid .269/.320/.462 over 30 games (128 plate appearances). If Velazquez doesn't suffer any setbacks during his recovery, a late-June return appears to be in the cards.
Velazquez was sent to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Velazquez appeared in just eight games during his most recent stint with the Rays, going 1-for-11 with a double and six strikeouts during those appearances. Christian Arroyo was recalled from Durham to take his place on the roster.
Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. The Rays optioned Velazquez just one day earlier but were able to bring him back immediately to replace the injured Tyler Glasnow (forearm). Velazquez has shuffled back and forth between Tampa and Durham all season and could be optioned again if the Rays eventually decide to bring up another pitcher to take Glasnow's place on the staff.