Could the Tribe be adding a player via trade or waivers in the near future? Nyjer Morgan, one of the Indians’ early-season feel-good stories was released on Tuesday afternoon amidst a series of moves made by the team’s front office.
In addition to activating Morgan from the 60-day disabled list and immediately releasing him, the Indians optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Columbus and recalled starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. Tomlin begins his second stint with Cleveland for his start tonight against the Cincinnati Reds in Progressive Field. He was in the rotation from May 6-July 25, going 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 15 games/14 starts.
Morgan had been sidelined for nearly three months with a sprained PCL in his right knee. The 34-year-old batted .341 (14-for-41) with one home run, six RBI, and three stolen bases over 15 games with the Indians, stepping in for an injured Michael Bourn during the first few weeks of the 2014 season. His release seems to signal that a non-roster player could be added to the team in the not-so-distant future.