Tribe releases Nyjer Morgan, recalls Josh Tomlin

Nyjer Morgan

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.

At least we’ll always have this.

(Photo: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)

  • davelb87

    I thought that players on the 60-day DL didn’t occupy a spot on the 40-man roster. If true, I wouldn’t think Morgan’s release makes any difference re: roster space.

  • Natedawg86

    They must have released him so that he could maybe try to play somewhere else?

  • mgbode

    Does any of this have to do with Bourn coming back? He’s playing a rehab game in Akron tonight, right?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This makes more sense then them adding a player from somewhere else. Like I said in another section the Indians will say his return was like adding someone new.

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  • Wow

    If that was meant to be funny it made me laugh.

  • tolbuck

    If Morgan was cleared to play and wants to play the Tribe really can’t keep him on the 60 day DL. So they would have to activate him, which means he would occupy a spot on the 40 man. This explains why he was released.

  • davelb87

    Right, but it also doesn’t clear up a spot on the 40-man to add a non-roster player (be it through call-up or trade) as the article implies.

  • nj0


    “Who needs a trade when you’ve got this guy returning!”

    “We did go out and spend. The salaries of some current players increased!”