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Haase, Edwards among first wave of callups

Davis actiated from DL; Marshall designated for assignment; Donaldson's arrival imminent
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CLEVELAND -- It's been a busy 24 hours for the Indians' front office.

The club announced Saturday it had selected the contracts of catcher Eric Haase -- the team's No. 24 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- and right-handed reliever Jon Edwards from Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland also activated outfielder Rajai Davis from the 10-day disabled list, and designated right-hander Evan Marshall for assignment.

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CLEVELAND -- It's been a busy 24 hours for the Indians' front office.

The club announced Saturday it had selected the contracts of catcher Eric Haase -- the team's No. 24 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- and right-handed reliever Jon Edwards from Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland also activated outfielder Rajai Davis from the 10-day disabled list, and designated right-hander Evan Marshall for assignment.

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The moves came just hours after the club acquired former American League MVP Josh Donaldson, along with cash considerations, from the Blue Jays. The Indians are responsible for $1 million of the third baseman's $23 million salary this season.

The club said Donaldson would arrive in Cleveland on Saturday but wasn't sure when he would play, as the 32-year-old is still rehabbing a left calf injury that's sidelined him since late May.

"[Donaldson] is an MVP-type player, a middle-of-the-order bat," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He kinda puts a little fear into you when he gets in the batter's box. He plays with an edge; he plays hard. Again, there's no crystal ball, and we know that. We know there's a risk there, but it's got a chance to make us better."

Video: MLB Tonight on Donaldson being traded to the Indians

Both September callups are excited to help the Tribe secure its third consecutive AL Central title, but the news was even sweeter for Edwards, who has bounced around the Majors since 2014.

"It was a little like the first time I got called up, I'm not going to lie," said Edwards, an outfielder-turned-pitcher who missed 2016 and '17 due to an elbow injury and recovery from Tommy John surgery. "It was a long road, and I'm excited to be here, and I feel like I'm in the right place. I'm just happy to be a part of the team, really."

Edwards, 30, spent parts of 2014 and '15 with the Rangers before he was traded to the Padres in August. He signed a Minor League contract with the Tribe on March 22 and has split time between Double-A Akron and Columbus, going 2-1 with four saves and a 3.63 ERA in 34 relief appearances.

"He's been an interesting arm," Francona said. "Mid-90s fastball, some experience, a guy who could potentially help us next year, too, so we wanted to get a look at him."

Haase was the Tribe's seventh-round Draft pick in 2011, and hit .236/.288/.443 in 120 games with the Clippers. This marks Haase's first big league promotion.

"I feel like I've learned a lot," Haase said. "Defensively, I feel like I've made good strides. I get along great with the staff down there. … Offensively, I feel like I learned a lot, too. There have been times where I've really struggled this year, and then times where I really turned it around.

"It's been a big learning curve."

Worth noting
• Francona said with the addition of Donaldson, All-Star Jose Ramirez will move back to second base, his native position, and Jason Kipnis will begin taking reps in center field once Donaldson is back to playing condition. Francona has been on record before saying he wasn't in favor of moving Ramirez and Kipnis around, but said he got the blessing of all parties involved.

Video: Antonetti discusses acquisition of Donaldson

• Right-hander Trevor Bauer (10-day DL, right fibula stress fracture) has thrown a couple bullpen sessions, but trainers told Francona the starter has made "minimal improvement" after undergoing a scan Saturday to evaluate Bauer's progress. The news, however, was expected for the three-week mark of the injury. Francona added Bauer has felt "minimal soreness" when throwing off the mound, but there's still no return date in sight.

"The medical people told me was that every day he shows up, they plan out the day depending on how he's feeling," Francona said. "That's the way they'll continue to do it."

• Reliever Cody Anderson was at Progressive Field to throw a bullpen session as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has been sidelined since 2017, but began a rehab assignment with Class A on Thursday, and will continue his rehab with Double-A Akron.

• Francona also said right-hander Neil Ramirez (10-day DL, lower back spasms) should be activated Sunday.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. You can follow him on Twitter @Casey_Harrison1.

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