The Indians are expected to activate outfielder Oscar Mercado before this afternoon’s game in Chicago.
The 24-year-old was acquired from the Cardinals last July. A former 2nd round pick, Mercado is hitting .294/.396/.496 with 4 HR’s and 14 stolen bases at AAA Columbus.
Mercado is expected to take the spot of Tyler Naquin, who has missed three straight games with a strained left calf.
The Indians and White Sox play a matinee this afternoon in Chicago. It’s the finale of their brief, two-game series. Carlos Carrasco is slated to pitch for Cleveland and Manny Banuelos for Chicago. The Tribe is 21-19, four games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central.