He won’t ever be confused for Kevin Durant, but the Cleveland Indians have a new No. 36 after officially calling up hard-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Columbus. The 23-year-old Aguilar was hitting .298 (.914 OPS) for the Clippers, adding eight doubles, seven home runs, and 19 runs batted in through 37 games.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound Aguilar will take the 40-man roster spot of Nyjer Morgan who injured his right knee in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s win over the Blue Jays.
Hope is that Aguilar (who hit .346 against left-handed pitching in Columbus) will help cure the Indians’ year-long issues against southpaws. He will make his debut on Thursday night, batting sixth as the team’s designated hitter.