TORONTO -- Jesus Aguilar got the call of his career and now it's time for the 23-year-old to prove what he has at the major-league level.

The Cleveland Indians promoted Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday after placing outfielder Nyger Morgan (sprained right knee) on the 15-day disabled list.

Aguilar got the start at designated hitter for his major-league debut Thursday in Cleveland's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He walked in his first plate appearance and finished 0-for-2.

The Indians are hoping the power he has displayed throughout his professional career will carry over to the highest level.

He hit .275 with 16 home runs at Double-A Akron last season, while setting the franchise's record with 105 RBIs. Aguilar then went on to play in the Venezuelan Winter League and hit .327 with 18 homers and 50 RBI in 58 games.

In 37 games with Triple-A Columbus before his promotion, Aguilar hit .298 with seven home runs, eight doubles, 18 runs, 20 walks, a .395 on-base percentage and .519 slugging percentage. Even though he cooled off in May, hitting just .182 over 13 games, the Indians looked past that and still called him up.

"He got real hot in April. That happens," manager Terry Francona said. "When a guy gets called to the big leagues for the first time, I don't think it matters what he hit the last week. He's going to be geared for God and pretty fired up."

It's unclear whether the Indians would carry him once Morgan returns from the DL, but Aguilar can help his case by hitting the way he did in the minors.