Following the likes of Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe, veteran infielder — and one-time clean-up hitter — Jose Lopez has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
Lopez was hitting .249 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 28 runs batted in during 66 games with the Indians. He was designated for assignment earlier in the season, but cleared waivers and was later assigned to the Columbus Clippers only to be called-up shortly thereafter where he would be plugged into the fourth spot in the teams lineup merely for having a bat that is swung from the right side of the plate.
Taking Lopez’ roster spot will be right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann. The 28-year-old has spent the entire season with the Clippers where he has seven saves in nine chances and a 4.28 ERA. This move was likely predicated upon the Indians’ starting rotation bleeding the bullpen dry over the month of August. Monday night’s starter Zach McAllister lasted through one and two-thirds of an inning prior to giving way to Josh Tomlin.