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Indians Make Several Roster Moves

June 24, 2010
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Today the Cleveland Indians announced they have claimed infielder Jayson Nix off outright waivers and have added him to the Major League roster. The Indians also optioned right-handed pitcher Jensen Lewis and infielder Luis Valbuena to AAA Columbus. To allow room on the 40-man roster for Nix, the Indians have designated right-handed pitcher Shane Lindsay for assignment.

Nix, 27, was recently designated for assignment by the White Sox on June 17th. In 24 games with the White Sox this year he batted .163 (8-49) with 3 runs scored, a double, a home run and 5RBI. He appeared in 16 games at third base, 3 games at second base, 2 games at short stop and 1 game in right field with the White Sox. Last year, Nix hit .224 (57-255) with 36 runs scored, 11 doubles, 12HR and 32RBI in 94 games with the Sox. He also stole 10 bases in 12 attempts and ranked 3rd among all American League rookies in home runs, 5th in RBI and 6th in slugging percentage (.408).

The Dallas, TX native owns a career Major League batting average of .200 (72-360) with 41 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13HR and 39 RBI in 140 games over three seasons with the White Sox. Nix was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (44th overall) of the 2001 June Draft before being signed by the White Sox in October of 2008. He will wear #12.

Lewis has gone 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA (21.0IP, 21H, 9R/ER, 13BB, 14K) in 20 appearances over two stints this year with Cleveland. Valbuena has hit .166 (25-151) with 13 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2HR and 14RBI in 49 games thus far this season. Lindsay was claimed off waivers by the Indians on June 1 and was 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA (4.1IP, 1H, 3R/1ER, 7BB, 7K) in 4 appearances at AA Akron.

The Indians 25-man roster is currently at 24 as they will recall left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey prior to tomorrow's game against the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05PM in Great American Ballpark. The Indians 40-man roster stands at 40.

Quick commentary:  The move to send Valbuena to Columbus was long overdue.  That said, I am miffed at why we are bothering with Jayson Nix here and not just promoting one of our own in infielder Josh Rodriguez who is in the midst of a heck of a season and currently playing at Columbus.  Rodriguez arguably can do everything Nix can.  I'm curious to see what the Indians say with this move.

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