Chang is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Chang had started at first base in each of Cleveland's last three games, but two of those starts came against left-handed pitchers. He'll take a seat Sunday with a righty (Lucas Giolito) on the hill for Chicago, allowing Jake Bauers to pick up a turn at first base. Chang looks like he'll remain in a short-side platoon role for the foreseeable future.
Chang went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Cleveland's 7-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
The fourth-inning single came with the bases loaded and snapped a five-game hitless stretch for Chang. He's seeing semi-regular playing time, but until he can string together quality at-bats, it's difficult to see Chang as a viable option.
Chang went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Reds.
Both of Chang's hits were singles, and he came around to score on a Jordan Luplow homer in the seventh inning. Jake Bauers pinch hit for Chang in the ninth inning -- the two infielders have split time at first base this season, though Chang is on the short side of the platoon. The 25-year-old has no homers, two RBI, five runs scored and no stolen bases while batting .231 in 28 at-bats.
Chang will start at first base for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Chang should come off the bench against right-handed pitchers this season, but he'll draw the Opening Day start with southpaw Matthew Boyd starting for Detroit. Chang slashed .282/.317/.692 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 18 spring games this year.
Chang was informed Friday that he'd won a bench spot on Cleveland's Opening Day roster, source reports.
Chang gives the team an additional defensive option at the middle-infield spots, but he's unlikely to offer much at the plate if he's pressed into duty on a regular basis. Through his first 97 major-league plate appearances, he's hit just .179/.289/.262.
Chang (neck) is starting Saturday's spring game against the White Sox.
Chang was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to neck soreness, but he'll be back in action Saturday after a brief absence. Barring any setbacks, Chang has a good chance of securing a bench role on the major-league roster to begin the regular season.
Chang was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs with a sore neck, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The injury doesn't appear to be something that could significantly threaten Chang's readiness for Opening Day. If healthy, he stands a good chance of winning a bench role, though he doesn't have an obvious path to regular at-bats.
Chang appears to be the leading candidate to win a utility role this spring, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. He's hitting .294 (5-for-17) with three home runs this spring.
With the trade of Mike Freeman to the Reds, it looks like Chang will begin the season on the big-league roster. If he can carry his strong showing at the plate into the regular season, it's not out of the question Cleveland could find a way to get him more at-bats.
Chang was optioned by Cleveland on Friday.
Cleveland's regular infielders have each started at least 54 of the team's 57 games thus far, leaving minimal opportunities for players like Chang. He's spent most of the year on the big-league roster but has made just three total starts and has received just 13 plate appearances. He'll make way on the big-league roster for Logan Allen, who was recalled in a corresponding move.
Chang was recalled by Cleveland on Tuesday.
Chang was sent down at the end of August, but he'll return to the major-league team to serve as infield depth in the coming games. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, and Mike Freeman should be the favorite to receive playing time in Hernandez's absence.
Chang was optioned to Cleveland's alternate training site Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Chang had been on the roster since the start of the season but played very sporadically, receiving just 11 plate appearances and grabbing just two hits. Oscar Mercado was recalled in a corresponding move.
Chang earned a spot on the team's 30-man roster to begin the regular season, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Chang was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training, but he got another chance to earn a spot in the majors this summer. With the expanded 30-man rosters to start the regular season, the 24-year-old will get the chance to play a reserve infield role in the majors. He slashed .178/.286/.274 with one home run and six RBI over 28 games in the big leagues last year.
Chang was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
Chang was in camp competing for a reserve infield spot but won't be winning the job. That would appear to leave Christian Arroyo with a safe grip on a bench role.
Chang is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Chang went 1-for-10 with a double while starting at third base in each of the Tribe's last three games, with Cleveland opposing left-handed pitching in each of those contests. He'll bow out of the lineup in favor of platoon mate Ryan Flaherty in the series finale, but both players should be headed for permanent bench roles during the upcoming week with top third baseman Jose Ramirez (hand) on track to return from the injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener versus the White Sox.
Chang isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Chang was also held out of Sunday's matchup, so following a team off day, he'll receive a third straight day of rest. Mike Freeman gets the call at the hot corner and will hit fifth.
Chang is not in the lineup Sunday against the Twins.
Chang hasn't done much at the plate through his first 23 career games, hitting just .208/.311/.321. Ryan Flaherty will start at third base in his absence.
Chang is not starting Friday against the Twins.
Chang started each of the last four games, going 3-for-14 with a homer. Mike Freeman gets the call at the hot corner Friday.
Chang is not in the lineup Saturday against the Twins.
Chang is hitting just .235/.350/.294 in 12 games this season. He'll sit in favor of Mike Freeman at the hot corner.
Chang is not in Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.
He is the nominal primary third baseman with Jose Ramirez (hand) out for the rest of the regular season, but it would not be surprising if the Indians mixed and matched at the hot corner over the final month. Mike Freeman will start at third and hit sixth.
Change is not starting Tuesday against the White Sox.
Chang sits after starting six straight games. He went 3-for-20 at the plate over that stretch. Ryan Flaherty will start at the hot corner in his absence.
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