Injuries & Roster Moves: Hedges on 7-day IL

June 17th, 2021

Keep track of the Indians’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 17: C placed on the 7-day concussion IL
Hedges was hit in the helmet with a 93.3 mph heater last Friday and stayed in the game for just a little while before he was pulled out of precaution. He came through testing OK, but after a few more hits behind the plate, he arrived to the ballpark on Wednesday not feeling quite right, so the Indians wanted to be conservative and place him on the IL.

June 17: Indians select the contract of C
To replace Hedges on the active roster, the Indians added Lavarnway and started him behind the dish on Thursday. He’s hit .258 with an .863 OPS in 25 games for Triple-A Columbus.

June 15: RHP recalled from Triple-A Columbus
The Indians are suddenly extremely short staffed in the starting-pitching department and needed to make a quick call to Morgan the first day he was available to be brought back to the big leagues. He was optioned on June 5 a few days after making his debut in horrible conditions, battling cold temperatures, high winds and rain.

June 15: INF optioned to Triple-A Columbus
Miller was red-hot to start the season in Columbus, but those numbers didn’t quite translate to the Major League level. Miller hit .109 with a .276 OPS in 48 plate appearances.

INJURY UPDATES

7-day IL

C (concussion)
Expected return:
June 24
The Indians are hopeful that Hedges will be able to recover over the next week to return to the lineup next Thursday for the four-game series in Minnesota. The team is trying to be extra cautious with his condition after he started to feel off on Wednesday, reporting that his energy level was lower than normal. (Last updated: June 17)

10-day IL

DH (oblique)
Expected return: End of June-early July
Reyes will take batting practice with Lake County this weekend and will be reassessed on Saturday to determine if he’ll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. According to Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, that rehab assignment could begin as soon as next week. (Last updated: June 17)

RHP (right thumb)
Expected return: Early July
Plesac is set to throw a bullpen on Friday and will hope to begin a mound progression that will soon lead to him mixing in his full arsenal. Assuming everything goes OK, Antonetti believes Plesac’s rehab assignment could begin in the next few weeks. (Last updated: June 17)

RHP (shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
Bieber will not throw for at least the next two weeks. At that time, he’ll be re-evaluated by the medical staff to see what his next steps will be. The team is still sending around the results from his imaging and tests to different doctors to get as many opinions as possible to best plan his return to Major League game activity. (Last updated: June 14)

60-day IL

C (right ring finger)
Expected return: End of June-early July
Pérez and Plesac are both expected to meet with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Pittsburgh this weekend to get re-evaluated. Assuming his hitting and throwing progression go off without a hitch, Pérez could begin his rehab assignment within the next week. (Last updated: June 17)

OF (left ankle)
Expected return: End of July
Luplow began a rehab assignment last week, but his ankle did not hold up well in his first attempt at in-game at-bats. He was diagnosed with an impingement in his ankle and received an injection on Wednesday. He’ll be shut down for three days before ramping his baseball activity back up. (Last updated: June 17)