Cleveland Indians trade Giovanny Urshela to Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Giovanny Urshela is heading to Toronto after the Cleveland Indians traded the 26-year-old infielder to the Blue Jays on Wednesday for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The Indians designated Urshela for assignment on Friday after activating him from the 10-day disabled list, where he had spent the season’s first 32 games.

Urshela injured his right hamstring in spring training and had completed a 20-day rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Columbus on May 2. Cleveland had seven days to trade, release or place Urshela on waivers following the designation. 

Both he and Erik Gonzalez entered the season without any remaining minor league options, forcing the club to keep one or both of them on the 25-man roster. Urshela’s injury bought the Indians some time before having to make what manager Terry Francona called a “hard decision” between the two.

On Friday, Francona announced Gonzalez had won the competition with Urshela to be the Tribe’s utility Infielder. Gonzalez raised his batting average from .182 to .391 with a 7-for-12 performance in three games last week, including both games of a doubleheader against Toronto.

Urshela hit .500 (21-for-42) in spring training with six doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in 18 games before getting hurt.

Cleveland signed Urshela, a native of Cartagena, Columbia, in July 2008 as an un-drafted free agent. He made his major-league debut June 9, 2015 against Seattle, going 0-for-3 in a 3-2 Indians defeat.

Last season, Urshela batted .224 with a .288 slugging percentage and .551 OPS in 67 games for the Indians. He hit .225 with seven home runs, 15 doubles and 36 RBI in 148 total big-league games with Cleveland.

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