Smoke signals

• Francisco Lindor -- ranked by as the No. 9 prospect in baseball -- was promoted to Triple-A Columbus on Monday night. The shortstop hit .278 with six home runs and 48 RBIs at Double-A Akron this season.

"I thought it was coming," Francona said. "I think that's good for him, to let him see some older competition. Triple-A, you see that group each team has with the six-year free agents that are older, and veteran guys that have been in the big leagues. That'll be really good for him."

The team also promoted outfielder Erik Gonzalez to Akron on Monday.

Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @asmiff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.