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Jason Donald is healthy, but Indians stick with Jack Hannahan

Apr 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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Jason Donald, who was the favorite to act as the Indians’ primary third baseman before suffering a broken hand on March 4, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

The move comes as no surprise, given Jack Hannahan‘s strong play at the hot corner for Cleveland. Hannahan, a journeyman long known more for his glove than for his bat, hit two homers Tuesday and is batting .290/.364/.522 in 69 at-bats for the season.

With Adam Everett also playing well in his utility role, there simply wasn’t room for Donald right now. Odds are that he’ll be return as a part-timer within a couple of months, but he’s likely better off playing regularly for Columbus than he would be starting once or twice a week in Cleveland anyway.

Of course, the Columbus infield is getting crowded, too. The Pirates announced today that Rule 5 pick Josh Rodriguez cleared waivers and was returned to the Indians. Rodriguez, who went 1-for-12 after making the Pirates out of spring training, is slated to join Donald, Luis Valbuena and top prospect Lonnie Chisenhall on the Clippers roster.

  1. woodsmeister - Apr 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Rodriguez can also play theoutfield. But, yeah, someone probably needs to go soon. Maybe as soon as tomorrow, when somebody must come off the 40-man to make room for Alex White. My guess – Valbuena.

    • tribester - Apr 29, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      I sure hope it’s Valbuena, although I probably exaggerate the number of errors he has.

  2. bigtrav425 - Apr 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    maybe sooner or later they will give Chisenhall his chance before he gets to old.the Tribe has really been bad about that stuff.he tore it up in spring training1 he should of had the job coming out of S.Training

    • tribester - Apr 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      He’s 22, right? And he never played Triple A before this season. It seems better to let him play more games than have to split time with Everett or Donald or anyone else.

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