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Indians Likely to Call Up LHP Soto and INF Martinez Friday

CLEVELAND – The Indians are set to expand their rosters again, as the team announced they are likely to bring up two players from AAA Columbus tomorrow as they start a weekend series with the Tigers in Detroit.

The two players are lefty pitcher Giovanni Soto and infielder Michael Martinez. The moves would bring the current roster to 30 players.

Soto is a 24-year-old converted starter who has spent the entire year with AAA Columbus, going 2-1 with two saves and a 2.68 ERA. He limited right-handed batters to a .162 (18-111) average against while left-handed Triple-A hitters batted .224 (17-76) off him with 0 home runs allowed.

He was part of the deal that sent shortstop Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers back in 2010.

Martinez is 32, and also has spent all of 2015 in Columbus, where he hit .289 (105-363) with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored.

He was a non-roster player in Major League camp this spring after signing on February 13th and appeared in 188 Major League games with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from 2011-2014.

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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