Can you play the outfield?
1B/OF Steve Pearce and RHP Steven Jackson are with the Indians one day after being optioned from Pittsburgh. Jackson will not be activated today, but Pearce is and will be batting 4th this afternoon. Pearce was candid about the demotion and told me today that he has no idea what he is doing at the plate. Sitting for the past three weeks will do that to a hitter.
Ryan Doumit continues his rehab assignment this afternoon and will likely be with the team over the weekend. Doumit has yet to catch a full nine inning game and from what I understand he will not be activated until that happens. I was a little surprised to see that Doumit is catching today (thought he would DH) after catching 7 innings last night. We’ll see if he makes it through the full nine.
Brian Myrow will be playing in RF today and was told a few days ago that he would be making that move. Add him to the long list of infielders moving to the OF. This creates a spot for Pearce at 1B and allows Frank Kremblas to keep Myrow’s bat in the lineup. The only true outfielder on the roster is Jonel Pacheco and he will be in CF today.
In the coming and going department, UTIL Luis Cruz packed his bags last night and will be recalled by the Pirates tomorrow. Cruz was on the Pirates opening day roster before he was sent to Indy on April 21. Cruz is likely to ride the pine and pinch hit for the Bucs. I’m expecting to see Lastings Milledge tomorrow in an Indians uniform. The 24 year old OF is currently in Florida rehabbing from a broken hand he suffered agains the Indians back on May 11. He was playing for Syracuse and fouled a ball off his hand while trying to bunt against Ty “the hitman” Taubenheim. Hopefully the dreadlocked one has the same impact our previous dreadlocked centerfielder. Finally, 3B Neil Walker is progressing from his knee injury and will be with the Tribe after the All-Star break. The Indians ’08 MVP has been on the DL since June 10th and last played for the Tribe on June 2.
We are in Toledo and the Hens are finishing up their series with Louisville. My room has a view of Fifth Third Field, but the sun is too bright to open the blinds. The Indians were blasted this afternoon by Columbus. The Clippers roughed up the Tribe 9-0 making that the 11th time in the past 17 games the Indians failed to score more than three runs. After the game Ryan Doumit met with Bucs GM Neal Huntington and it was decided that his rehab assignment is finished. Doumit didn’t make the trip to Toledo and my best guess is he will be joining the Pirates tomorrow in Philly. I’m a little surprised his rehab stint is up, but personally I think it’s for the better. He didn’t want to be here and it was obvious to see by his demeanor and at bats. I think this helps the Indians by putting Erik Kratz back behind the plate for Ian Snell.
Check out this story about Pirates reliever Joel Hanrahan earning a win today from his hotel room. Today the Nationals and Astros finished up a suspended game and Hanrahan was the pitcher of record at the time of the suspension. He earned the win when…ready for this…Nyjer Morgan scored the winning run. Morgan was sent to the Nats when Pittsburgh traded for Lastings Milledge and Hanrahan on June 30th. Kinda neat.