CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians have recalled first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus, the club announced on Friday afternoon.
Aguilar will bat seventh and play first base on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.
“We had three righties and three lefties coming up, seemed to make some sense,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I think we’re looking for a way to get him here.”
Aguilar has spent the entire 2015 season at Columbus, where the right-handed hitter has slashed .255/.318/.410 with 13 homers and 66 RBI in 93 games.
He played in 19 games with Cleveland last season, hitting .121 in 33 at bats for the Indians.
“Last year I tried to do too much,” Aguilar said. “This year, I feel kind of relaxed. I’m going to try to go out there and put my 100 percent in.”
There is no exact schedule to how often the Indians will use the 25-year-old right-handed hitter, but his ability to hit left-handing pitching will help the Indians over the next few days against left-handers Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon.
“For the near future we’d really like to watch him (Aguilar) play,” Francona said. “Especially with the lefties coming up, it seemed like a great time to get him here.”
To make room on the roster, the Tribe optioned left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett back to the Minors.
Crockett has allowed five hits and two runs in six innings with Cleveland this season. The southpaw owns a 6.33 ERA in 25 appearances at Triple-A Columbus in 2015.
“Crockett, we’d really like to see him work ahead, work down more,” Francona said.
For now, that leaves the Tribe’s bullpen with only one left-handed reliever. That could lead to some match-up challenges, but Francona has faith in Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister’s ability to get left-handed hitters out.
“Maybe it can almost be better sometimes where you just let them pitch,” Francona said. “There’s times where you’d certainly like to, there’s maybe, there’s one hitter on each team where you’d like to have it (a lefty), but that’s in a perfect world and it’s not always perfect.
“When you have a lefty that’s not getting the lefties out, that can almost [be worse] because if you’re not going to bring them in, it’s almost like dead space. And when you do bring them in they give up a hit or a walk. That’s not helping.”