MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Jensen Lewis, whose roster spot was claimed by Asdrubal Cabrera, was designated for assignment Tuesday and not merely optioned back to Triple-A Columbus.
The Indians said it was a procedural move made necessary in part because Lewis had only been with the team three days since his recall from Columbus on Saturday. He was not placed on outright waivers but rather optional waivers, and the Indians were not anticipating losing him to the waiver wire. Rather, the Indians expect to be able to option Lewis to Columbus on Wednesday.
Lewis made two appearances since his recall Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.