Indians Designate Jose Lopez for Assignment; Recall Frank Herrmann

July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Lopez (4) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Indians have designated infielder Jose Lopez for assignment, reports Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer:

In a corresponding roster move, the Indians have recalled right-hander Frank Hermann from Triple-A.

The Indians signed Lopez to a free agent contract this off-season. The 28-year-old has appeared in sixty-six games for the club this season, hitting .249/.272/.366 with thirteen doubles and four home runs over 213 at-bats.

Lopez has spent nine seasons at the major league level as a member of the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, the then Florida Marlins and the Indians. He owns a career line of .262/.293/.396.

Hermann, 28, has spent the season with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. He’s appeared in 39 games spanning forty-eight and one-third innings, maintaining an ERA of 4.28 with 9.9 SO/9 and 2.4 BB/9.

Hermann’s appeared in eighty games for the Indians over the past two seasons, maintaining an ERA of 4.63.

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Which team should take a flier on Lopez?

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