Tribe call-ups require Clippers to pare down
Two season-long Clippers experienced the other and not-so-exciting end of today's first wave of September call-ups by the parent Cleveland Indians.
The Tribe designated shortstop Juan Diaz and outfielder Tim Fedroff for assignment to create 40-man roster room for catcher Kelly Shoppach and infielder Jose Ramirez. The 20-year-old Ramirez got his promotion from double-A Akron, which says that he passed Diaz on the depth chart this season.
Both Fedroff and Diaz have had disappointing first full seasons at the triple-A level. Fedroff batted .242 with 6 home runs and 48 RBI for the Clippers. He had 20 extra base hits. In '12, he 44 extra base hits between stays with double-A Akron and Columbus.
Diaz matched Fedroff with a .242 batting average that included 8 home runs and 45 RBI. He struck out 129 times.
The Indians also officially recalled relief pitchers Preston Guilmet, Blake Wood and Nick Hagadone from the Clippers today.
More moves are coming. Reliever Clay Rapada is going up on Monday. He will require a 40-man spot as well.
Starting pitcher Josh Tomln, who goes against Toledo tonight in Huntington Park, will follow on Tuesday with relief pitchers Vinnie Pestano, Chen Lee and Carlos Carrasco. (Carrasco was optioned yesterday but stayedwith Cleveland.)
The Clippers are getting two relief pitchers from Class A Carolina today - right-handers Francisco Valera and Benny Suarez. Both have pitched for Columbus this season. In five combined games, the two have allowed no runs over 11 2/3 innings for the Clippers. Jerry Gil (right forearm) also is coming off the Columbus disabled list today.
Suarez was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 games for the Mudcats. Valera was 3-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 games.
Infielder Yhoxian Medina is joining the Clippers from Class A Lake County and catcher Matt Colantonio is being transferred from Mahoning Valley.