MLB News: Indians add OF Jason Kubel to MLB roster, Carrasco sent down

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.

[Related: Kubel deal is low in risk, but likely low in reward: Tribe Talk]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pirates added Justin Morneau man I wish the GM for Pittsburgh was here!

  • woofersus

    They were probably just ahead of Baltimore on the waiver list. We’ve been blocked, not uninterested.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Baltimore just got Morse and before that Pittsburgh got Byrd and Buck so I doubt the Indians were blocked. Perhaps getting Kubel reordered things though for the Indians I don’t know.

  • Matt S

    Nope. Indians would have had a chance to claim, since every team in the AL gets a chance to claim before any NL team. So the Indians passed on Morneau in favor of grabbing Kubel (probably because Morneau is owed roughly double the money). Waiver priority also does not change after people are claimed, it only changes when the standings change.