The Indianapolis Indians added some big names to their roster ahead of Thursday’s game. Both Ke’Bryan Hayes and Pablo Reyes returned from their rehab assignment with Morgantown, while Gregory Polanco will begin a rehab assignment with the Indians. To make room on the roster, pitcher Yefry Ramirez was added to the temporary inactive list, while outfielder Logan Hill was sent back to Altoona.
Polanco has been out since June 18th with posterior left shoulder inflammation. He is expected to stay in Indianapolis at least through the Major League All-Star break, though they are off Monday-Wednesday for the Triple-A All-Star game, so that would mean Polanco wouldn’t be playing during that time, unless he got sent to a lower level. He will be in the lineup tonight.
Hayes played three games on rehab for Morgantown, going 1-for-9 with a double, two walks and a stolen base. He was hitting .241/.333/.388 in 58 games with Indianapolis before suffering a dislocated left index finger on June 11th.
Reyes also played three games with Morgantown, going 3-for-10 with a double, walk and stolen base. He was hitting .257/.296/.495 in 31 games with Indianapolis before he suffered a left hamstring strain on June 12th.
Hill played 14 games for Indianapolis, hitting .184/.259/.388 in 49 at-bats. He was hitting well for Altoona prior to getting promoted to Triple-A, but with Reyes back and Polanco expected to stick around for a little while, Hill wasn’t going to get much time.
Ramirez just pitched 3.1 innings yesterday and threw 85 pitches, so he won’t be available for five days. That means that with the All-Star breaking coming up, he won’t be needed until at least next Thursday.
Here’s the lineup for Indianapolis tonight. For Triple-A, that’s a powerhouse team
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