9/1/2014 10:04 P.M. ET
Giambi activated as part of Indians' roster moves
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The Indians made a series of expected roster moves Monday, as the roster expanded to 40 players. Those moves included activating 20-year Major League veteran Jason Giambi from the 60-day disabled list.
Manager Terry Francona was pleased to have Giambi available again. Giambi, 43, had not played for the Tribe since June 11 due to left knee inflammation, but he remained a presence in the clubhouse.
"He stuck his head in today, he had a little bounce in his step," Francona said of Giambi. "I think it means a lot to G. I think this has been hard on G this year. He never once uttered a frustrating word to anybody, but I don't think for one minute that this has been easy for him. I respect him more now than I used to, which is hard."
Giambi -- who struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning of Monday's 12-1 loss -- recently made three rehab appearances with Double-A Akron. The five-time All-Star went 2-for-9 with a pair of doubles and five strikeouts.
"What 43-year-old guy who has that many years goes to Double-A and gets at-bats? Nobody. Except for G," Francona said Monday.
In addition to Giambi's activation, the Indians recalled right-handed relievers Bryan Price and Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus.
Price and Adams both pitched in Monday's loss. Adams was tagged for a three-run homer in the ninth. Price, meanwhile, made his Major League debut in the eighth, and after two outs, he was welcomed to The Show in the form of a Miguel Cabrera solo homer. Price went on to allow another run, two hits, a walk and he hit a batter with two outs before ending the inning.
"I thought his first couple of hitters, real good stuff," Francona said. "Then the home run went to right and I thought he started pitching away from the barrel a little bit. I think he has good enough stuff where he needs to stay in attack mode."
Infielder Jesus Aguilar was also added to Cleveland's roster from Columbus and was in Monday's lineup, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the DH. Aguilar made his Major League debut on May 15.
Catcher Chris Gimenez was activated from the paternity list on Monday. Gimenez is hitting .262/.331/.355 in 34 games this season, all of which came when he was a member of the Rangers. The Indians acquired Gimenez in a trade on Aug. 23.
Aviles passes concussion test after early exit
CLEVELAND -- Indians right fielder Mike Aviles exited Monday's 12-1 loss to the Tigers after diving and landing hard in the first inning. Manager Terry Francona said the right fielder, who played three innings before exiting, passed a concussion test and will be looked at again Tuesday.
Aviles came up short on a Ian Kinsler fly ball in the first inning, but he hit the ground hard upon landing as Kinsler raced to third for a leadoff triple. Aviles stayed in for two more innings, after which Francona said he mentioned not feeling his best.
Before exiting, Aviles misplayed a Miguel Cabrera fly ball in the third. Aviles started back on a ball that was in front of him, then charged it, but he could not get there in time as it hit off his glove. Cabrera was credited with a single, and the next two batters, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, hit back-to-back homers off Corey Kluber with two outs to give Detroit a 5-1 lead.
"His face hit hard on the ground, and then he started feeling nauseous," Francona said. "He didn't really say anything until after the second play, so we took him out and got him evaluated. He passed all his concussion tests and everything like that, he just has the whiplash symptoms."
• Francona said the team would inquire with Major League Baseball about the possibility of using closer Cody Allen when they play the remainder of an extra-inning game against Kansas City that was suspended on Sunday night. Allen allowed a game-tying homer to Alex Gordon in the ninth, but the Indians regained the lead on Lonnie Chisenhall's two-run double in the 10th.
Kyle Crockett was announced as the Indians' pitcher for the 10th, but he never threw a pitch, as the game was suspended due to weather. The contest will be finished on Sept. 22 at Progressive Field.
"I think we're going to double check with the league, just because of the way the inning unfolded," Francona said. "If I'd known they were going to visit like that, I wouldn't have brought him in. I'm not sure what their obligation is to communicate with us, maybe there is none. But we'll at least check, because if that's the case, we'll put Cody back."
• The Indians' team plane landed in Cleveland around 3:15 a.m. ET on Monday morning after the suspended game in Kansas City. Players had longer to get to the ballpark and didn't take batting practice on the field prior to a 4:05 Labor Day start with the Tigers.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.