CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A clubhouse favorite of many in the Indians’ locker room is officially back with the club.
After trading Michael Martinez to the Boston Red Sox on July 8, Cleveland reclaimed the utility-man and placed him on the 25-man roster.
The Tribe also recalled left-handed Shawn Morimando and optioned infielder Erik Gonzalez and pitcher Ryan Merritt back to Triple-A Columbus.
Martinez was designated for assignment by the Indians in early July and was later dealt to the Red Sox for cash. He was recently designated by Boston and claimed back by Cleveland.
The switch-hitting infielder and outfielder slashed .283/.306/.383 in 32 games for the Indians this season prior to the trade. He played in just four games for the Red Sox.
Meanwhile, Morimando has gone 13-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016. The 23-year-old appeared in one game with Cleveland earlier this season, logging 3 2/3 innings on July 2, surrendering two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gonzalez went 1-for-9 in his first stint at the Major League level, playing in 10 games for the Tribe.
Merritt pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Thursday’s 9-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland will open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium vs. the New York Yankees on Friday night.