The Indians failed to sweep the Tigers last night, but the series showed that this team might have an offense with Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. Business might have just picked up a little bit more to make a run at the division. The Indians have activated Shin-Soo Choo and designated Austin Kearns for assignment.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has activated OF SHIN-SOO CHOO from the 15-day Disabled List. To allow room on the 25-man roster for Choo the Indians designated OF AUSTIN KEARNS for assignment.
Choo has been on the disabled list since June 25 after suffering a fractured left thumb after being hit by a pitch the night before at San Francisco. He underwent surgery on the thumb on June 28 in Cleveland by Dr. Thomas Graham. So far in 2011 Choo is hitting .244 (65-266) with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers, 28 RBI and 11 steals in 72 games. Over his last 9 games prior to the injury he was hitting at a .357 (10-28) clip. He played in 3 games at Lake County (2 officially w/a rain out) beginning on Monday, August 8.
Kearns hit .200 (30-150) in 57 games for the Indians this year after signing a one-year free agent contract with the club in the off-season.
I am sure a lot of you have a lot of things to say about Austin Kearns. No point now. The Indians made the right move. Hopefully Choo is ready to contribute to the high levels he has been known to play in the past. The Indians have the Twins, White Sox and Tigers again in the next three series as they trail the Tigers three games in the Central. The White Sox are nipping at their heels just one game back of the Tribe. It could be a very exciting ride and even more exciting for Tribe fans with Choo back in the lineup.
Also See Kirk’s piece wondering why Kearns was still here.