Franmil Reyes of Cleveland placed in the 10-day IL; Owen Miller promoted to majors

Franmil Reyes has been pivotal in Cleveland’s roster all season, and he hit a home run on Saturday in the team’s 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.

But manager Terry Francona won’t be able to write Reyes’ name in the roster for a while.

Reyes was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with an internal oblique strain. He’s been given an early 5-7 week schedule to return to major league games, meaning Cleveland will be without one of the American League’s most dangerous hitters until the end of June or, more likely, the beginning to mid-July. .

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Striking in the sixth inning on Saturday, Reyes sent a ball back into the seats and, as he searched for her, immediately screamed and grimaced in pain. After talking to Francona and a team coach for a while, Reyes left the game in the middle of the bat. Earlier in the game, his two-run homerun had given Cleveland a 2-0 lead.

“We haven’t learned much yet,” Francona said. “I think what James [Quinlan], the doctors put out, was abdominal tension. I think we’ll probably be able to give an update just on playtime on more information. But I think we knew he was going to become an IL and run out of time. Medics will send an update, probably around the time of the match. “

Reyes helped fuel the Cleveland roster, posting an .893 OPS with 11 home runs, nine doubles, two triples and 29 RBIs in 40 games. He hit nine home runs in 59 games last year. Its absence puts even more pressure on programming that already had several question marks.

In his place, Owen Miller had his contract chosen from Triple-A Columbus. Miller, the MLB Pipeline-ranked No.16 in the Cleveland system, was one of Triple-A’s hottest hitters to start the season, cutting .406 / .457 / .609 in 70 plate appearances.

He also played five positions: shortstop (five games), second base (five), third base (two), first base (two) and left fielder (one), giving Cleveland additional positional flexibility with Miller and Yu Chang both on the field. active list. It could also mean that others, namely Jose Ramirez, could trade the designated hitter position to keep their stick in line while giving them a day off the field.

“Spring training is so tough. You heard me say it. We talked about it,” said Francona. “But looking at [Miller] hit, he just knows how to hit. It’s a bit of a throwback. He uses the whole field. He stays inside the ball. He just has the knack of knowing how to strike. It’s gonna be really fun to watch. I hope he gets off to a good start. Either way, he’ll be a good hitter. “

Francona said the plan with Miller would be for him to be available to move into the infield, but the outfield is probably not a possibility just yet. Either way, losing Reyes is a major loss for the roster, and in his place, DH’s place could be taken by a committee with Miller available.

“There might be a situation where we might bring Jose to DH or Cesar someday. [Hernandez], something like that to keep the bats of the guys in line, ”Francona said. But I don’t want to overdo it on this kid either. When you first get into the big leagues the game is so much faster and I want to let him adjust to that too, without putting too much on him. “

To make room on the 40-man roster, receiver Roberto Perez (finger surgery) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

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