CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have called up outfielder Oscar Mercado, one of the most promising prospects in the team's farm system, from AAA Columbus. To make room on the roster, Tyler Naquin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain.
It was only a matter of time before the Indians -- with their offense struggling mightily -- called up the big-hitting Mercado, who is batting .294 (35-for-119) with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 15 RBI in 30 games (.396/.496/.891) while stealing 14 bases in 17 attempts and scoring 24 runs in Columbus. He's played 28 games in center, five games in left and four games in right.
Today marks his Major League debut.
The Indians have scored just 135 runs this season, third-worst in the American League. They play the White Sox this afternoon at 2:10.