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Goedert promoted to Columbus

Goedert promoted to Columbus
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The move is not official, but the IPI has received word that Double-A Akron outfielder Jared Goedert has been called up to Triple-A Columbus. With Akron off on Thursday, the move will not be made official until Friday or maybe even Saturday if he arrives later than expected.

In 35 games with Akron, Goedert is hitting .395 with 5 HR, 17 RBI and 1.089 OPS, and he has 20 walks to go along with 20 strikeouts in 124 at bats. He the soon-to-be 27-year old next week leads the Eastern League in hitting (.395), on-base percentage (.476), slugging percentage (.613), and OPS (1.089), and is 5th in walks (20), 3rd in hits (49), 2nd in total bases (76), and 10th in home runs (5).

More interesting is Goedert is expected to be the regular left fielder for Columbus when he arrives, which is the position that Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler have been splitting playing time at (split between first base and left field). If Goedert indeed becomes the regular left fielder, then it is possible that LaPorta may soon be Cleveland bound.

Also, during the game on Thursday designated hitter Travis Hafner was hit on the hand and it has been diagnosed as a contusion and he is day to day. A lot will not be known about the hand until he shows up at the ballpark on Friday, so there is a small chance that someone like LaPorta or Canzler could possiblity come up to Cleveland if Hafner's hand is worse and it is a DL situation (it is not expected to be).

At the moment, though, the only thing known is that Goedert is moving up to Columbus.  Whether or not that means a player like LaPorta is moving to Cleveland, or someone on the Columbus roster is shifting to the disabled list or moving down (Beau Mills to Akron), is unknown at this point.

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