As of 11:00 this morning everything was quiet at Victory Field. Of course that can change over the next few hours and as we learned again yesterday things never stay the same for the Pirates Triple-A affiliate. Wednesday morning the Pittsburgh Pirates shipped 1B Adam LaRoche to the Boston Red Sox for a pair of minor league players. One of those players will be joining the Tribe. I’m expecting SS Agenis Diaz to make his Indians debut as soon as tonight. Diaz is added to the roster thanks to 1B Steve Pearce rejoining the Pirates.
This will be the second time Pearce has been called up to Pittsburgh and it appears he will become their everyday first baseman. I spoke with him briefly yesterday and his excitement was tempered only because he’s heard before that he will get opportunities and at-bats. I do believe this will be different and I hope he gets to play everyday. If he falls into a slump, I hope the Pirates will continue to let him play like they have done with OF Brandon Moss and 3B Andy LaRoche. If the Pirates give Pearce an extended look he will eventually deliver. I don’t even want to entertain the possibility of him struggling and then sitting bench,…it could ruin him.
For now OF Lastings Milledge stays and he didn’t expect a call-up. I find it interesting Lastings feels like he belongs in Triple-A. He says for most of his career he has felt rushed to either Triple-A or the big leagues. He knows better than anyone if he was rushed at the age of 21 to the New York Mets. The numbers tell you that he has the physical tools to succeed and now he appears to be working on the mental tools. I believe his defense is the only part of his game that isn’t Major League ready. Everything else appears to be there including his demeanor. Since Milledge arrived on July 10th he has been hit with several media requests and I was amazed at how cool he was leaning against the batting cage on Tuesday afternoon with a camera lens less than two feet from his face. The camera man was taking pictures of him during BP and Lastings never budge and looked ahead as if the camera was never there. There is now way I could do that, but he says it’s been like that for a while and after time you get used to it. Milledge (played with the NY Mets ’06-’07) was told he will not have to worry about Page Six stalking him in Pittsburgh. Pirates players fly under the radar in Pittsburgh unless of course they are out with a Steelers player.
The forecast looks good for tonights game between Indains RHP Brad Lincoln (1-1, 5.75) and Durham RHP Andy Sonnanstine (2-0, 3.46). First pitch is at 7:00 with pre-game coverage at 6:40.
Freshly acquired Argenis Diaz will bat 9th tonight for the Tribe and play at short. This will be his Triple-A and Indians debut. I have not met Argenis, but his name is on the card.