The Indians announced today that newly acquired outfielder Jason Kubel has been added to the team’s 25 man roster, taking the place of left hander Carlos Carrasco who has been sent down to AAA Columbus.
“The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster:
Added OF JASON KUBEL (#12) to the Major League roster
Optioned RHP CARLOS CARRASCO to the AAA Columbus Clippers
Kubel, 31, was acquired yesterday from the Arizona Diamondbacks and reported to Detroit last night
Carlos Carrasco tossed 1.1 scoreless innings last night and for the year has now tossed 10.1 scoreless relief innings pitched. He is eligible to return to the Major League roster on September 3rd.”
Kubel’s arrival from Arizona comes at a time when the Indians are desperate for hitting. The Tribe have scored just eight runs in their last five games and are watching their season slip away from them. However, Kubel has struggled this season hitting just .220/.288/.324 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 89 games while battling leg injuries. The Indians are taking a flyer on Kubel in hope he returns anywhere near the form he showed in 2012, hitting 30 home runs and driving in 90 runs.
Carrasco did not allow a run in 10 and 1/3 innings since moving to the bullpen and will most likely be back up in Cleveland when the rosters expand in September.