Roster Moves: Three players sent to Triple-A

December 1st, 2021

Cleveland began its offseason on Oct. 4, and there are still a few players recovering from season-ending injuries. Keep track of their progress, plus team transactions, here throughout the offseason.


Nov. 24: OF Daniel Johnson, LHP Alex Young and RHP Justin Garza outrighted to Triple-A Columbus
Unlike Scott Moss (who was claimed off waivers by the Phillies) and Kyle Nelson (who was claimed by the D-backs), Johnson, Young and Garza all cleared waivers and were outrighted to Columbus.

Nov. 22: RHP traded to Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations
Mejía was one of the seven players Cleveland designated for assignment on Friday to clear space on the 40-man roster for its younger prospects.

Nov. 22: OF traded to Cubs for cash considerations
Like J.C. Mejía, Ramirez was one of the players released on Friday evening. He played in 99 games for Cleveland in 2021.

Nov. 22: Guardians sign to a Minor League deal
Cleveland's catching depth is hurting after the team declined Roberto Pérez's $7 million option for next season. In order to give them some options, the Guardians inked León to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league Spring Training. Léon spent this past season in Miami after being with Cleveland in 2020.


RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: 2022
In the middle of an at-bat against Matt Olson in the eighth inning on Aug. 11, Sandlin had to be removed after his arm was bothering him following a 94.9 mph heater. An MRI the next day revealed a right shoulder strain that landed him on the IL. Sandlin is currently at the team’s Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., working through his rehab. (Last updated: Sept. 18)

OF (right ankle)
Expected return: 2022
Naylor collided with second baseman Ernie Clement while trying to catch a fly ball to shallow right field on June 27 at Target Field, leaving him with a fractured and dislocated right ankle. He underwent successful surgery at Lutheran Hospital on July 2, and he’s increased his weight-bearing activities while continuing to meet each checkpoint along the way. The Indians are hesitant to put a timetable on his return and are hoping he’ll be in the clear for Spring Training, but the team doesn’t want to put any timetables out just yet. (Last updated: Aug. 29)