Lopez designated for assignment, Herrmann called up

Lopez designated for assignment, Herrmann called up

Lopez designated for assignment, Herrmann called up
CLEVELAND -- The Indians designated infielder Jose Lopez for assignment, and recalled right-hander Frank Herrmann from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. Cleveland, which is in the midst of a 10-game losing streak, has already designated veterans Johnny Damon, Derek Lowe and Jeremy Accardo for assignment within the past week.

Lopez, who appeared mostly at third base for the Indians, hit .249 with four home runs and 28 RBIs in 66 games this season. Lopez had struggled of late, hitting just .197 with no homers and one RBI in 22 games since July 4.

The Indians have 10 days to trade Lopez or release him.

Herrmann had spent the entire 2012 season with Columbus, where he went 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA and seven saves in 39 relief appearances. The 28-year-old made 40 appearances for the Indians last season, posting a 5.11 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings. Herrmann was averaging 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings for Columbus.

Justin Albers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.