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Cleveland Indians expand roster to 34 players

Beginning on Friday, MLB teams can keep up to 40 active players on their rosters. As a result, the Cleveland Indians have made a slew of moves, and expanded their roster to 34 players.

Per a release this morning, the team activated outfielders Abraham Almonte, Lonnie Chisenhall and RHP Josh Tomlin from the 15-day disabled list.They also activated RHP Dan Otero from the paternity list.

Almonte has been out with a hamstring strain since Aug. 18. Tomlin injured his hamstring as well on July 30, and made one rehab start for Mahoning Valley just last week. Chisenhall has missed the entire second half of the season after suffering a calf strain in early July prior to the All-Star break.

The Indians also recalled their No. 1 prospect, catcher Francisco Mejia, from Class Double-A Akron. Mejia is hitting .297 this season for Akron, with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. He was also selected for both the midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star teams.

Also from Akron, the Indians selected the contract of outfielder Greg Allen. Allen has spent the entire season in Akron, and has hit .264 for the RubberDucks with 24 RBIs. He’s also managed to steal 21 bases on 23 attempts.

From Columbus, the team also recalled the pitching trio of Kyle Crockett, Shawn Morimando and Adam Plutko. In 51 relief appearances, Crockett is 5-5 and has a 3.38 ERA. Morimando is 10-9 in 26 starts with a 4.41 ERA, while Plutko has posted a 7-12 record and a 5.90 ERA.

Finally, the Tribe recalled RHP Dylan Baker from Class Triple-A Columbus and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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