Cleveland Guardians appoint Franmil Reyes for assignment

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Cleveland Guardians’ Franmil Reyes watches his RBI single from New York Yankees relief pitcher Albert Abreu during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, July 3, 2022. (TSWT Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND — Houston Astros players took batting practice at Progressive Field on Saturday at 4 a.m.

The first pitch was about two hours away and highlights from Guardians players played on the large video board behind the left field fence.

Highlights included homeruns and extra basehits by Jose Ramirez, Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Naylor, Oscar Gonzalez, Steven Kwan, Owen Miller, Myles Straw and Franmil Reyes from earlier this season.

The Eagles’ song “Life in the Fast Lane” was playing in the background, which was a bit ironic with Saturday’s news that the Guardians had assigned Reyes to command and brought out Bobby Bradley in a series of moves on Saturday.

“We want to see our young boys play,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said before Saturday’s game.

Reyes and Bradley had each wrestled with Cleveland this season after being on the Opening Day grid. Reyes was Cleveland’s designated hitter, batting fourth and Bradley was the Guardians’ first baseman, hitting fifth in the opener on April 7 against the host Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland Guardians first baseman, Bobby Bradley, covers first base in a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Cleveland Guardians first baseman, Bobby Bradley, covers first base in a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona (TSWT Photo/Darryl Webb)

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That line-up for Opening Day also included former Guardian Yu Chang who started at second base and was batted sixth.

The 27-year old Reyes had a 0.213 batting average with nine home runs, 28 RBI, a 0.254 percentage on base and a 0.350 slugging percentage in 70 games this season with the Guardians.

Last season in 115 games, Reyes compiled a .254 batting average with 30 homeruns, 85 RBI, a .324 on-base percentage and a .522 slugging percentage.

Reyes was selected on Tuesday for Class AAA Columbus.

“It was tough,” Francona said of Reyes’ season so far.

“It was hard. You know a guy like him can get hot and carry a team, and then they bounce back. Swing and miss is part of the territory. But he didn’t get to the fastball and it looked like a hanging break ball , he might have hit for a single and there was the occasional home run. He didn’t hit the pitch like he used to.”

Cleveland acquired Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss and Victor Nova in a three-team swap on July 31, 2019. The San Diego Padres received Taylor Trammell and the Cincinnati Reds acquired Trevor Bauer.

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Reyes and Bradley each struggled to connect consistently at at bat as the strikeouts piled up.

Bradley, 26, was Cleveland’s third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He made his 2019 MLB debut.

Bradley had a 0.118 batting average with no home runs, no RBI, an on-base percentage of 0.118 and a slugging percentage of 0.118 in eight games this season with the Guardians.

Last season in 74 games, Bradley posted a .208 batting average with 16 homeruns, 41 RBI, a .294 percentage on-base and a .445 slugging percentage.

The Guardians assigned Bradley to assignment on May 2, he approved waivers, and was sent to Columbus on May 5.

“He had a hard time” [in Columbus]’ said Francona. ‘… The thought is that a change of scenery would be very good for the child. He’s a good boy. He was not good offensively. He would be a free agent in five weeks.”

The Guardians also announced on Saturday that it has selected the contract of right-handed assistant pitcher Jake Jewell of Class AAA Columbus and has sent right-handed starting pitcher Hunter Gaddis to Columbus.

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The Guardians also announced on Saturday that it has selected the contract of right-handed assistant pitcher Jake Jewell of Class AAA Columbus and has sent right-handed starting pitcher Hunter Gaddis to Columbus.

Gaddis cleaned out his locker in the Guardians’ clubhouse on Saturday afternoon and left to join the Clippers. Gaddis made his MLB debut in Friday’s loss against the Astros, pitching 3 1/3 innings and giving up eight earned runs, seven hits, two walks and two homeruns (both to Trey Mancini). Gaddis also knocked out two.

“We need to find out [what we have] and then you can make better decisions in the future,” Francona said. “…Opportunities – you can go from prospect to suspect, but I think you have to live through it.”

Francona added that Jewell has a “very good change”.

“We’re trying to strengthen our pen,” Francona said. “…We don’t want to run through our bullpen.”

Guardians pitcher Aaron Civale returns to Detroit on Wednesday

Francona said righthanded pitcher Aaron Civale is set to return to the team and make a start in Detroit on Wednesday against the Tigers.

“He said he felt good and is eager to go, so that’s good,” Francona said of Civale. “He will certainly not be fully stretched, but he will throw on Wednesday.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at [email protected] Follow Beaven on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.

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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Guardians Designate Franmil Reyes for Command

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