Bourn activated from DL, Morgan optioned to Columbus
Bourn has been on the 15-Day disabled list since March 30 after injuring his left hamstring on March 16 vs. the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, AZ. He appeared in five games on a rehab assignment between Columbus and Double-A Akron April 5-13 and went 3-for-20 at the plate.
Morgan has been more than a capable temporary fill in while Bourn was injured hitting .348 with 0 homers, 4 RBI, 3 steals and .834 OPS with a 7-4 walk to strikeout ratio in nine games. He had a .484 on-base percentage and did everything expected out of the leadoff spot while Bourn was away.
This is an interesting move to send down arguably the Indians best hitter through the first two weeks of the season. Keeping him on the roster would have meant the Indians would carry four left-handed hitting outfielders, so it was not the best fit; however, he had been such a good tablesetter that the thinking was the Indians might see him through and try and continue to play him regularly against right-handed pitching to see if he continues to perform. He now goes to Columbus as immediate outfield depth.
The move shows that had Bourn not been injured this spring that Morgan would not have made the team out of spring training. It also is a signal that even some early season success at the plate may not be enough to keepLonnie Chisenhall in Cleveland when Jason Giambi is activated from the disabled list later this week.
I don't believe Carrasco's hold on his rotation spot has as much to do with how Tomlin and Bauer pitch in AAA (especially Tomlin) as it does with how he himself pitches. If Carrasco were to rebound and start throwing some quality starts, don't really need to drop him. But if he keeps struggling to get past 5 and is giving up 5+ runs....well, may not matter how Tomlin/Bauer are pitching...Tribe may feel forced to make a move.
Had Bourn not gotten hurt...would Morgan have been rostered and optioned to AAA? Or would the Tribe have risked him opting out and just moving on?
My comment about Carrasco to the pen was not premature at all. Francona has already said he is in the pen and wouldn't make his next start. He is not in the pen full-time though. Simply with the off day on Monday allowed the Tribe to skip their 5th starter. Don't want Carrasco to not pitch for 10 days so potentially getting him a little work out of the pen makes sense.
As far as Blake Wood...he has a minor league option left so he doesn't have a choice in going to AAA if the Tribe decides to send him down to work on his command. Agree his spot on the roster is far from secure right now.
Hermie's comment about Carrasco being moved to the pen may be a bit premature. Two or three starts, cold weather, inconsistent schedule/routine can take any pitcher out of the rhythm that breeds success. CC-Lite, being this high strung SP, is especially vulnerable. The move to the pen would become more permanent this time around. It's doubtful the Indians would be willing to commit him to the pen this early in the season...
Virtually all of us thought that he meant he'd return to the bench, but I wonder if the Indians gave him a heads-up ahead of time that he would be heading to Columbus when Bourn returned. Otherwise, this move probably would catch him (and others) by surprise and could create some bad feelings between him and the organization, especially with the way he has played in Bourn's absence as compared to others (including several regulars- Cabrera, Swisher, Kipnis, Santana) on the roster.
You can't fix stupid.
Yeah, ignoring performance and sending both Morgan and Chiz down while keeping Johnson and Giambi on the 25 is insane. Chiz finally has a good month (Sep13) then follows it up by hitting .400 in the early going and they send him down??? Crazy, unless they are doing it just so he can hit against lefty pitching and hopefully improve enough to be an everyday player.
I'd have Chiz at 3rd, Gomes catching, and Santana at DH every day. I'd bring up Katteras to spell Gomes and I would offer Giambi a coaching job. Aviles would play 3rd against especially tough lefties.
like Morgan, hey 348 battling not too bad. I really cannot see
Big G making the full season with so much talent that we have
now. I wish Big G would have retired last year since that year
will never be matched. He has been such a good player.
I think that Wood should be sent down and keep CC mainly due to the way CC has pitched. I think that Carrasco could take Wood place in pen and bring up Trevor or Josh. I think that playing everyday is hurting Swish and J K. We have options?
Another reason we should have kept Francouer.......or maybe not
Jeez, the guys who have done anything offensively are the first ones in line to be Clippers!
Wow, the Indians really suck!
Morgan instead of Elliot Johnson. NO, NO, NO!!!!
Some of you have to get a life.
Well the Tribe had Santana on 2nd in the 8th innings a couple days ago with Johnson on the bench and nothing came of it.
I am very confident that a large percentage of the time Francona will choose to do nothing vs pinch running. Same with pinch hitting and defensive replacements. Just how Francona is.
You will be coming off 2 off days....rotation and pen will be rested. Worst case if things go bad you bring back Pestano, Hags, Price, or Barnes if you need another pen arm. Wood or Lee needs to go down IMO for Giambi.
I know some are saying Chiz...and anything is possible, but with Morgan gone I don't see why you don't just start Chiz everyday at DH vs RHP. Giambi can be what he is...a bench bat. If you send down Chiz for Giambi...then what? You start Giambi against RHP? Start Raburn everyday? Heaven forbid start Johnson?
Johnson is not our only late inning pinch run option. Aviles is just as good if not a better runner than Johnson.
Moot point IMO as Francona rarely if ever seems to use pinch runners late. Has had options this year to use them and just sticks with his starters.
Not saying you're wrong on Johnson sticking around...but don't think it has anything to do with this baserunning. Francona simply has a versatility fetish.
Morgan was added to the Pirates roster in November of 2006. He was optioned the first time at the beginning of the 2007 season. Was then optioned a 2nd time during the 2008 season.
After that he was never optioned down as far as I know, or if the Nationals did he didn't stay down for the required 20 days for it to count.
This is how he had an option left.