Indians place Raburn on DL, call up Holt

Indians place Raburn on DL, call up Holt

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the best catches of the season for the Indians came at a price for utility man Ryan Raburn.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the Twins, Cleveland placed Raburn on the 15-day disabled list due to right wrist soreness, which he sustained during a highlight-reel diving grab against the D-backs last week. To fill Raburn's spot on the active roster, the Indians recalled rookie outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.

"When I dove for that ball, it just really lit it up," Raburn said of his wrist on Tuesday. "I think more than anything, we're trying to give it a break and calm it down."

Raburn made a hard diving catch to rob Arizona's David Peralta in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Cleveland. Playing right field at the time, Raburn sprinted toward the wall and dove hard on the warning track, making an impressive catch in the fifth inning of the Tribe's 1-0 extra-inning loss.

Both Raburn and Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Raburn has fought discomfort in his right wrist since Spring Training, when the veteran crashed hard into a wall in an exhibition game against the Cubs.

"When he hit that wall in Mesa [Ariz.], we knew it hurt him a little bit," Francona said. "He kind of played through it. It's been a little bit of a struggle at times. I think it's affected his timing and his ability to do what he can do. He aggravated it the other day [against the D-backs]."

Raburn, 33, headed to the DL in the midst of an 0-for-13 slump that spanned his last six games. Since June 1, the veteran utilityman has hit just .169 in 83 at-bats for the Tribe. In 70 games this year, Raburn has hit .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. His showing has been a drastic drop-off from 2013, when he hit . 272 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs in 87 games for the Indians.

Asked if the wrist was behind his offensive struggles, Raburn did what he could to dodge excuses.

"It might have something to do with it," he said. "I wish I could pinpoint exactly, but I've always been the guy that, if I can get on the field, I'm going to play. There's a lot of guys not at 100 percent. Whether or not that had everything to do with it, your guess would probably be as good as mine."

The 25-year-old Holt returns for his fourth stint with the Tribe this season.

In six games for the Indians this year, Holt has hit .385 (5-for-13). The fleet-footed outfielder has turned in a .305/.416/.382 slash line, with 22 extra-base hits, 31 stolen bases, 66 walks and 74 runs in 98 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season.

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