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Guardians' Yu Chang: Returns from COVID-19 IL

Chang (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Chang has been on the injured list since April 15, and he'll rejoin the active roster after an eight-game rehab assignment in the minors, during which he went 4-for-23. The 26-year-old could have an expanded role since Josh Naylor (undisclosed) landed on the COVID-19 IL in a corresponding move.
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Guardians' Yu Chang: Moves rehab assignment to Triple-A

Chang (illness) will shift his rehab assignment from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. Chang, who has resided on the COVID-19 injured list since April 15, began his assignment at Akron on Friday. After appearing in two games for the affiliate while going 1-for-5 at the plate, Chang will move on to the highest rung of the minors to pick up more at-bats. Chang is out of minor-league options and may not be guaranteed a spot on the Guardians' 26-man active roster once he's reinstated from the COVID-19 IL, so the team could drag out his rehab assignment in an attempt to delay having to make a roster move.
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Guardians' Yu Chang: Placed on injured list

Chang was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Chang didn't appear in any of the last three games, and he'll now be sidelined with an undisclosed injury. A timetable for Chang's return to action isn't yet clear.
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Guardians' Yu Chang: Riding pine Saturday

Chang is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Opening Day. Chang and Oscar Mercado seem like the two weakest links in Cleveland's primary group of hitters, so when Mercado starts in the outfield, as he is Saturday, Amed Rosario will shift to the infield and push Chang to the bench.
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Guardians' Yu Chang: Draws Opening Day start at keystone

Chang will start at second base and bat sixth Thursday against the Royals. Chang will be rewarded with an Opening Day start after he turned in a big spring training that included a .925 OPS over 36 at-bats in Cactus League play. The 26-year-old has typically seen most of his starts against left-handed pitchers over his last three seasons in the big leagues, but he'll be in the lineup versus righty Zack Greinke on Thursday. Chang will likely need to prove he can hold his own against righties for an extended stretch to maintain a full-time role, as the Guardians would have the ability to move Amed Rosario from left field to the middle infield if Chang can't get the job done at the plate.
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Guardians' Yu Chang: Steady in spring

Chang is hitting .438 with two home runs, two doubles, eight RBI and five runs scored through six Cactus League games. Chang once again enters the 2022 campaign without a guaranteed spot in the lineup. The 26-year-old bounced between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus last season, posting a lackluster .228/.267/.426 slash line across 251 plate appearances in the majors. He's a versatile defender capable of playing all around the infield, but his best path to playing time this season is likely a short-side platoon at either first base with Bobby Bradley or second base with Andres Gimenez. Owen Miller and Ernie Clement will also likely push Chang for a bench role for the remainder of spring training.
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Yu Chang, Ernie Clement provide power as Guardians top Giants

Yu Chang belted a grand slam in the sixth and Ernie Clement hit a three-run home run in the fourth, provided much of the muscle for the Guardians in a 10-2 win over the Giants on March 25 at spring training. Chang’s homer was his second of the spring, and...
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Cleveland Guardians’ Yu Chang needs to keep momentum going: 40-man roster review podcast

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Yu Chang isn’t out of the woods yet, but the fact that he’s still around after Friday’s roster tsunami is a good sign. On Friday the Guardians added 11 players to the 40-man roster. To make room, they designated seven players for assignment. Four of the new players were infielders, Bryan Rocchio, Jose Tena, Jhonkensy Noel and Richie Palacios, so that could have made Chang vulnerable.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Smacks homer in win

Chang went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-0 win over Texas. The infielder showed some promise to end 2021, batting .310 (13-for-42) across his last 12 games. Chang wasn't able to secure an everyday role this year, slashing .228/.267/.426 with nine homers, one stolen base, 39 RBI and 32 runs scored in 251 plate appearances. His defensive versatility has done more to keep him on the big club's radar than his bat through his first three major-league seasons.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Hits bases-clearing triple

Chang went 1-for-3 with a three-run triple during Tuesday's win over the Royals. Chang gave Cleveland an early lead with a one-out, bases-clearing triple against Daniel Lynch in the first inning. In his last four games, Chang has contributed a double, a triple and a home run. He is expected to see regular playing time against left-handed pitching over the final two weeks of the season.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Retreats to bench

Chang is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Royals. After starting in four of the past five games while going 5-for-19 with a home run and a double, Chang will cede his spot in the Cleveland infield to Owen Miller. Chang should continue to play regularly versus left-handed pitching over the final two weeks of the season, but his path to steady at-bats versus right-handers will become more muddled when or if Amed Rosario (personal) returns from the bereavement list.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Racks up three hits in win

Chang went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Yankees. The infielder has hit safely in just six of 14 games in September, but he's produced multiple hits in five of those contests. Chang had not recorded a three-hit effort this season prior to Sunday. He's posted a .224/.256/.420 slash line with eight home runs, 32 RBI, 29 runs scored and a stolen base in 215 plate appearances as a versatile utility option for Cleveland.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Breaks out of offensive funk

Chang went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored in an 11-3 win over the Yankees on Saturday. Chang entered the afternoon stuck in a 1-for-17 skid over his last six games but quickly put a stop to that with a solo homer in the second inning to open the scoring. He drove in two more runs with a fifth-inning double. Chang has followed up a strong August (.323/.364/.871 in 10 games) by hitting just .215 with a .663 OPS since the start of September.
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Indians' Yu Chang: Plays hero twice Wednesday

Chang went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Chang entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and knotted the score with a solo shot to left field. He stayed in the contest and delivered again in the 11th, belting a double to bring home the final run of the game. The 26-year-old has flashed his power of late, mashing four homers over his past five games. Over that span, he also has three doubles, seven RBI and only one strikeout across 16 at-bats.
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