Injuries & Roster Moves: Kyle Nelson up

June 14th, 2021

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


June 14: placed on 10-day injured list
Bieber just wanted some reassurance. He reached out to the medical staff after he started on June 13, hoping that his discomfort in his shoulder would just be from the usual wear and tear of the season. Instead, imaging revealed a strain of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder.

June 14: LHP recalled from Triple-A Columbus
Nelson barely had enough time to get down the highway to Columbus after getting optioned on Saturday. He was recalled again on Monday to replace Bieber on the 26-man roster to provide some depth out of the bullpen.

June 13: INF recalled from Triple-A Columbus
In 20 games this season, Clement is slashing .289/.309/.434 with seven RBIs. Taken in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft, this is Clement's first promotion to the big leagues. He has seen time at second, third, shortstop and left field with Columbus.

June 13: RHP optioned to Triple-A Columbus
Recalled one day earlier, McKenzie threw seven straight balls to open Saturday's game, issued four walks and couldn't escape the first inning. McKenzie sits atop the MLB leaderboard (min. 40 innings pitched) with an 8.29 walks-per-nine-innings ratio.


10-day IL

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)

OF (left ankle)
Expected return: TBD
Luplow began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday, but still felt discomfort in his ankle after DHing for three at-bats. He's not expected to play again in the immediate future.

"We're going to take some time and re-check that," Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said, "and see if it makes sense to get another opinion, another set of eyes on it, and decide what the next course of action should be. He's probably a little further away than we had hoped." (Last updated: June 13)

DH (oblique)
Expected return: Early to mid-July
As soon as Reyes screamed out in pain during his swing, the Indians knew that he would be missing some significant time. He's started to take some swings off a tee and soft toss, and the Indians are optimistic about his progression. (Last updated: June 13)

RHP (right thumb)
Expected return: TBD
Plesac started throwing again during the team’s trip to St. Louis earlier this week. He took the field early prior to the team’s series opener against Seattle at Progressive Field on Friday to do conditioning drills.

“Knowing Zach, probably have to help him pump the brakes a little bit,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, “but that’s certainly not the worst thing. You know, kicking somebody in the rear end is a lot worse than having to slow them down a little bit. He’s getting after it really well.” (Last updated: June 11)

60-day IL

C (right ring finger)
Expected return: Early to mid-July
Pérez was set to play catch with first base and catching coach Sandy Alomar Jr. prior to Friday’s matchup against Seattle.

“He’s really been trying to get after the lower-body stuff so when he is ready to start, it’s not such a shock to his system -- his entire system,” manager Terry Francona said. “He’s doing well, and he’s champing at the bit.” (Updated: June 11)