Luplow will start in center field and bat seventh Sunday against the Mariners, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Though he had been included in the starting nine in two of the past three contests, Luplow will enter the lineup in center field for the first time all season in place of the injured Leonys Martin (hamstring). Martin's injury is viewed as merely a day-to-day concern at this time, so Luplow may soon be relegated to a bench role, unless manager Terry Francona is eager to give him more run at the expense of Tyler Naquin and/or Jake Bauers.
Luplow was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Luplow will return to the big-league club after posting a .200/.294/.200 line through 17 plate appearances in Cleveland to begin the season. He'll likely serve as a fourth outfielder for the time being, picking up sporadic at-bats in the process.
Luplow was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
Luplow had limited opportunities to start the season and did very little with them, grabbing just three hits in 15 at-bats while striking out eight times. Cody Anderson and Jefry Rodriguez were promoted Saturday, with Luplow and Jon Edwards heading the other way, but Carlos Gonzalez is expected to have his contract selected Sunday to take Luplow's at-bats and more in the outfield.
Luplow will start in right field and bat third Wednesday against the White Sox, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
The 25-year-old looks like he'll occupy the small side of a platoon with Tyler Naquin to begin the season, as Luplow is picking up his first start of 2019 with southpaw Carlos Rondon on the hill for Chicago. The Indians opposed right-handed starters in each of their first four games of 2019, prompting manager Terry Francona to go with either Naquin or Greg Allen in right field for those contests.
Luplow went 1-for-3 with three RBI and a double against the Rockies on Thursday.
Luplow smacked a double to center field in the fourth inning to clear the bases and get the Indians on the scoreboard. He's had a rough camp to this point (3-for-27) but showed signs of life in Thursday's exhibition. Luplow will continue to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster, although he could be headed for the minors if he fails to get it going at the plate soon.
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