CLEVELAND, Ohio — Rookie outfielder Oscar Gonzalez was back with the Guardians for Tuesday’s matchup against the Diamondbacks after missing 30 games with an abdominal strain.
The club also officially announced Franmil Reyes’ option to Triple-A Columbus prior to the game.
Gonzalez told cleveland.com he’s thrilled to be back after missing 33 days recovering from his injury.
“It’s good to be back,” Gonzalez said. “I knew I was ready to play during my rehab at Akron.”
Gonzalez said he was disappointed the injury happened in late June as he had gotten off to a hot start to his major league career earlier in the month.
“Things like this happen,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do about.”
Cleveland informed Gonzalez after Monday’s win against Arizona that he would be activated for Tuesday’s game.
Reyes, meanwhile, will go back to work at Columbus after a frustrating season that saw him struggle at the plate. Manager Terry Francona said Reyes has had trouble catching up to fastballs this season.
“When that happens, then you start cheating a little bit and then you’re kind of out front of one and behind the other,” Francona said. “He was showing some frustration. You could sense that in the dugout sometimes.”
Francona said with Gonzalez ready to return from the injured list, the club found it hard to send a younger player who was producing at the plate down to the minors.
“Even though maybe it’s easier, I’m not sure it (would have been) right,” Francona said. “That’s not a fun conversation. We know it’s not fun for him, but I think it’s important that he takes a day to get out of his system whatever he needs to and then goes down there and tries to get back to some of the form we’ve seen in the past .”
Francona also indicated the club did not want to send mixed signals to the young players who were succeeding at the plate in Reyes’ absence that they could lose playing time simply because Reyes is a veteran.
“That’s not necessarily the right thing to do or the right message to send,” Francona said.
Civil ready for a rehab start
Starting pitcher Aaron Civale, sidelined since July 14 with a sore right wrist, will make a rehab start for Columbus on Friday or Saturday, Francona said.
“He threw a 40-pitch up-and-down bullpen, where he’d get up and throw an inning and then throw another inning,” Francona said. “He’s gonna potentially go pitch Friday or Saturday. We’re still working through that. Hey did fine. He felt really good.”
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