The Cleveland Indians’ expanded September roster is nearing capacity.

On Sunday, the team promoted left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt and first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. Both players join the big league club after the Clippers were eliminated from the Class-AAA playoffs on Saturday night.

Merritt has spent the majority of the 2016 campaign at Columbus, going 11-8 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts. The 24-year-old southpaw, who made two Major League appearances earlier this season, went 6-1 in the second half at Triple-A with a 2.72 ERA in 59 2/3 innings.

As for Aguilar, the 26-year-old slugger contributed 26 doubles, 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 137 games with the Clippers. The right-handed hitter batted .292 in the second half and led the International League in home runs.

Aguilar owns a .192/.259/.212 career slash line 26 career MLB games with Cleveland.

The Indians’ active roster now consists of 36 players. Teams can expand their Major League rosters in September up to 40 players.


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