Oscar Mercado returns to Guardians as Cleveland claims him from Philadelphia waivers; DFA pitcher Yohan Ramirez


CLEVELAND, Ohio — It didn’t take long for outfielder Oscar Mercado to find himself in a Cleveland uniform.

On Sunday, the Guardians — who designated Mercado for assignment last month — announced that they had claimed (or perhaps, more aptly, recovered) the outfielder from Philadelphia Phillies waivers. He will join the club from Detroit for their next series, which begins tomorrow with a split doubleheader. The Guardians wrap up a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

Mercado has had quite the schedule over the past week.

He was made DFA by the Guardians on June 21, making way for Franmil Reyes (who battled a strained right hamstring early in the season and missed 23 games) on the club’s Major League roster. He was claimed by the Phillies on Monday and added to their roster a day later. He got a game at bat with the Phillies on Thursday (one strikeout) and was DFA on Friday, clearing the way for the Guardians to claim him.

Mercado, 27, spent part of the last four seasons with Cleveland after being acquired from St. Louis in a deal in 2018. He had a strong rookie year in 2019, but was not in able to replicate these numbers. This year he’s played mostly left-handers in 49 games for the Guardians, batting .202 (23 of 114) with four homers, 11 extra hits and 16 RBIs.

To make room for Mercado on the roster, the Guardians announced they were singling out RHP Yohan Ramirez for assignment. He made just one relief appearance for the Guardians this season, allowing three hits and an earned run in two innings against the Red Sox on June 24.

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