Big (League) Ben
Ben Francisco is eligible to join the Indians on Tuesday (10 days after his demotion back to Buffalo), and that’s just what he’ll be doing. Francisco was pulled out of the second game of Buffalo’s doubleheader today and told he’ll be coming back to the big leagues.
“I don’t know what their plans are, but Torey [Lovullo] told me to be ready to play,” Francisco told The Buffalo News. “‘ll be there Tuesday ready to be in the lineup if they want me to be. It’s definitely a little boost to be in the big leagues. I was trying to stay positive down here and work on things. It was tough but that’s the way it goes. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’m ready to be in Cleveland so I’m ready to run with it.”
Jason Michaels and Andy Marte are the two most likely candidates for displacement as a result of this development. The Indians won’t announce anything until Tuesday. The safe money might be on Michaels, who, obviously, is off to a slow start and doesn’t have a guaranteed contract after this season. Perhaps the Tribe will try to find a way to trade him.
Will Francisco save this struggling offense? Please. But the time for patience with the current lineup has obviously passed.