Mejia not expected in Indians outfield before All-Star break

Top prospect will DH Saturday, 'might pinch hit' Sunday

Alex Hooper
July 14, 2018 - 5:29 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The whole Francisco Mejia in the outfield experiment is still not ready to get off the ground, apparently.

The Cleveland Indians’ coveted catching prospect turned minor league right fielder was recalled from Triple-A Columbus again on Saturday, and was slotted into the Major League lineup sixth against the New York Yankees.

As the designated hitter.

Manager Terry Francona said not only will Mejia return to Columbus after the final game of the first half Sunday, he may not even play on Sunday, the day of his scheduled appearance at the MLB Futures Game.

“Tomorrow, maybe he pinch hits or something, we’ll see,” the skipper said. “I don’t know that he’d be in the lineup. And then we’ll send him back. He knows that. We don’t want him sitting over the break. We just thought we could expand our roster a little bit.”

Despite hitting .455 at Columbus in June with a 1.193 OPS, the implication remains that the 22-year-old is still so poor an outfielder that he cannot even see the field at the big league level for one game.

Francona reiterated pre-game Friday that the organization has explained to Mejia that they have a need at the position, but the prospect ‘views himself as a catcher.’

“I’ll probably get a chance to visit with him here the next couple days, which is good because I think in-person conversations go a lot farther,” Francona added.

There was no indication made that Mejia would be kept in Triple-A past the 10-day restriction period after being optioned Sunday night, just that the team will ‘figure things out.’

Mejia has played 208 innings in the outfield in 2018, 170 in left, 38 in right. He has not registered an error or an assist at either position.