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Indians Bring Up INF Mike Freeman to the MLB Roster, Send Eric Stamets to AAA

Prior to the Indians Tuesdsay night affair against the Mariners, the team made a roster move, picking up the contract of infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Columbus.

In return, the team sent Eric Stamets to AAA Columbus. Stamets had plenty of chances to make an impact on the Major League roster, but hit just .049 (2-for-41) with a double, two runs batted in.

Stamets struck out 24 times in 41 plate appearances with five walks.

The 31-year-old Freeman opened the season on the Columbus roster and has posted a 1.008 OPS over nine games, connecting for three home runs with nine walks while appearing in four games at shortstop and two each at second and third base (5-for-24, 6 R, 3 RBI, .424/.538/1.008).

He was signed to a Minor League contract on November 20th and appeared in five games this spring as a Major League non-roster invitee, debuting on March 9th because of right knee soreness.

Freeman is in the lineup in tonight’s game against the Mariners, hitting ninth and playing shortstop.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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