The Indians optioned Chang to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Chang earned his first callup to the big leagues earlier in the weekend following Jose Ramirez's placement on the paternity list. After starting at third base Friday against the Orioles and going 0-for-3, Chang was back on the bench Saturday, ultimately coming on as a pinch hitter and striking out in his lone plate appearance. With Ramirez returning to the team ahead of the series finale, Chang will forfeit his spot on the active roster.
Chang was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Friday and will start at third base against the Orioles.
Chang makes his way to the majors for his debut while Jose Ramirez moves to the paternity list. Ramirez is likely to be gone for all three games of the series, so Chang could see a good chunk of playing time this weekend. The 23-year-old has struggled at Columbus this season with a .205/.259/.359 slash line in 21 games after missing time with a finger sprain.
Chang (finger) has gone 1-for-12 with one RBI and two strikeouts in four games with Triple-A Columbus since his return from the 7-day injured list.
He was forced to the IL earlier this month with a finger sprain, and while he returned in relatively short order, it seems Chang is still working to get his timing back. Chang had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League last year, going 29-for-86 (.337 average) with four homers. The 23-year-old remains on Cleveland's 40-man roster.
Chang has been placed on the 7-day injured list due to a left finger sprain, Tribe Insider reports.
It remains to be seen whether Chang will need more than the minimum before returning from the injured list, but it appears he's managed to avoid a significant injury.
Chang was placed on the 7-day injured list with Triple-A Columbus with an undisclosed injury.
He dealt with a finger injury in spring training, but there has been no word regarding the nature of this most recent injury. Chang was hitting .171 with 13 strikeouts in 11 games so far with the Clippers.
Chang (finger) is scheduled to play in a minor-league game Tuesday against the Reds.
Prior to getting demoted from big-league camp last week, Chang had been nursing a minor finger injury. His return to action in a minor-league game suggests he'll enter the Triple-A Columbus season at full strength.
Chang was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
Chang is reportedly also carrying a minor finger injury, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports. The young shortstop could earn his first callup at some point this season after hitting a decent .256/.330/.411 with 13 homers for Columbus last year.
Chang was added to the Indians' 40-man roster on Monday to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
He hit for more power than ever last season at Double-A, hitting a career-high 24 home runs with an impressive .241 ISO. Unfortunately, he also hit just .220 (.254 BABIP) and struck out 26.4 percent of the time. Chang is an average runner and chipped in 11 steals for the second consecutive season. He is a better bet in OBP leagues, as he continues to walk a lot, especially for a middle-infield prospect.
Chang finished his first Double-A campaign with a .220/.312/.461 slash line, 24 home runs, 66 RBI and 72 runs.
Although his average dipped from his first few professional seasons, Chang impressively led Eastern League shortstops in home runs, RBI and runs. The 22-year-old native of Taiwan also chipped in 11 stolen bases, matching his 2016 total with High-A Lynchburg. Chang will need to improve his batting average, and show more plate discipline before becoming an option for the big-league club.
Chang exited Tuesday's game with Double-A Akron early after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.
Chang will likely undergo testing on his injured hand Wednesday, at which point we'll have a better idea as to the severity of the injury. For now, the shortstop prospect will be considered day-to-day.
Chang is hitting .201/.277/.475 with nine home runs, 21 RBI and 20 runs through his first 38 games at Double-A Akron.
The Tribe's No. 7 prospect has the fourth-most home runs among all Eastern League players. Not only does his long ball count lead the RubberDucks, but Chang's 20 runs scored is tops on the team, too. The big problem for Chang in 2017 has been his 32.5 percent strikeout rate, which is up almost 10 points from the 23.1 percent mark he posted in 2016 at High-A. His bat will need to carry the rest of the profile, as he is capable, but not extraordinary in the field, and he will need to cut back on the strikeouts as the season goes on if this campaign is to be viewed as a success.
Chang has returned to action for High-A Lynchburg after missing two weeks with a wrist injury.
He hasn't done much in the four games since returning for Lynchburg (three hits in 17 at-bats), but at least the wrist injury wasn't serious and it shouldn't affect him in 2017. Chang, 21, has been one of the most impressive hitters in the Carolina League this year, especially considering he was off the radar of most dynasty league owners coming into the season after slashing just .232/.293/.361 at Low-A in 2015.
Chang was placed on the 7-day DL with High-A Lynchburg on Saturday due to a right wrist strain.
Chang, who signed out of Taiwan in 2013, struggled at Low-A in 2015 (.655 OPS), but he has been excellent in the Carolina League this year, slashing .271/.345/.484 with 12 homers, eight triples and 28 doubles while stealing 11 bases on 14 tries. His production stacks up nicely with the high-pedigree shortstops at his level, but Chang, who turns 21 next week, is slightly older than his contemporaries. With just over three weeks remaining in the minor league regular season, Chang may not play again this year. He will enter 2017 as a fringe top-200 prospect for dynasty leagues.
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