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Hafner hit his sixth grand slam on Sunday in the Cleveland Indians' win over the Kansas City Royals. The homer was his 35th of the season and tied Don Mattingly's single-season record for grand slams.
Guthrie was optioned back to Buffalo on Sunday when the Cleveland Indians called up Andrew Brown.
The Cleveland Indians placed Blake on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a sprained right ankle. He hurt his ankle on Saturday in Detroit. This is Blake's second time on the DL in his career. He was on the DL from June 14 to July 13 with a strained oblique muscle.
Lee signed a three-year, $14 million contract extension with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
Garko was called up from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday after Casey Blake was placed on the 15-day DL.
After blowing saves in three consecutive appearances, Carmona will retain his role as closer, Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
Choo, along with a player to be named later and cash, was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday for first baseman Ben Broussard.
Martinez has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games, going 35-for-94 (.372) with 11 RBIs.
Sizemore is hitting .500 (14-for-28) over an eight-game hitting streak.
Carmona has an 0.63 ERA over his last 13 relief appearances, allowing one earned run over 14 1-3 innings with 11 strikeouts.
The Indians purchased the contract of reliever Tom Mastny from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Cleveland acquired Mastny in 2004 from Toronto for infielder John McDonald.
Sowers pitched a four-hit shutout in the Indians' 11-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in just his fifth big league start.
Hafner went 1-for-4 in the Indians' 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Choo was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday due to the arrival of center field prospect Adam Jones, who was expected to be recalled Friday. Choo was called up July 3 to replace center fielder Jeremy Reed. Reed is on the 60-day disabled list with a broken thumb.
The Indians activated Blake from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and optioned outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to Triple-A Buffalo. Blake was off to the best start of his career when he strained a muscle in his left side during batting practice. He was placed on the DL on June 14.
Gutierrez was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday when fellow outfielder Casey Blake was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Hafner hit his fifth grand slam in Cleveland's 9-0 win over Baltimore on Friday, becoming the first player in major league history to hit five slams before the All-Star break. His fifth grand slam, which came in the second inning, also gave him the Indians' club record, breaking the record of four that he shared with Al Rosen, who accomplished the feat in 1951.
Michaels was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after being sidelined since June 24 with a sprained right ankle. The 30-year-old left fielder went 1-for-4 in his first game back as the Indians routed the New York Yankees 19-1.
Garko was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday when the Indians activated left fielder Jason Michaels from the 15-day disabled list. Garko was 1-for-2 with two RBIs in two games for Cleveland.
Boone was in a 4-for-42 slump before hitting a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning of Cleveland's 6-3 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. It was the third baseman's first homer since June 7. Overall, he's batting .253 with four homers and 32 RBIs in his second season with the Indians.
Cleveland's Sizemore was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve outfielder for the American League. Sizemore is batting .299 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs this season.
Peralta went 2-for-4 on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds and is hitting .485 (16-for-33) with six doubles, two homers and six RBIs over his last nine games.
The Indians placed Michaels on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Saturday and purchased the contract of left-hander Jeremy Sowers from Triple-A Buffalo. The move on Michaels was made retroactive to June 16. He was hurt in the seventh inning the previous day when he ran into the left-field wall at Yankee Stadium while trying to catch a home run hit by New York's Bernie Williams.
Sowers' contract was purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday when the Indians placed outfielder Jason Michaels on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
Laker was designated for assignment by the Indians on Friday. The 36-year-old catcher made four starts during his five-week stint with the club, hitting .308 (4-for-13) with two RBIs. He was signed to a minor league contract by Cleveland in December and was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 20.
Shoppach was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday by the Indians when catcher Tim Laker was designated for assignment. Shoppach hit .282 (22-for-78) with four home runs and nine RBIs in 21 games for Buffalo after being sent down on May 20.
Michaels missed his fourth straight game on Tuesday with an ankle injury he suffered trying to make a catch at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland is holding out hope he won't have to go on the disabled list, but if the injury doesn't continue to improve, he might end up there.
Blake was put on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left internal oblique strain. The Cleveland Indians outfielder suffered the injury during batting practice on Wednesday. He is expected to return to Cleveland for an MRI to give the team a better idea.
Gutierrez was recalled by the Cleveland Indians on Friday to take the place of injured outfielder Casey Blake. Gutierrez was 0-for-1 with two runs scored in seven games last season as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Perez on Friday from Double-A Akron to take the place of Scott Sauerbeck in the bullpen. Perez went 4-5 with a 2.81 ERA.
Hafner hit a grand slam on his 29th birthday and tied a career high with six RBIs. It was the Indians' designated hitter's 15th home run this season and major-league best third grand slam of the season and fifth of his career.
Westbrook became the first pitcher this season to shutout the White Sox after the Cleveland right-hander allowed only six hits, five of which were singles, through six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Blake drove in two runs and extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games to help lift the Cleveland Indians to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon. The Indians' right fielder laid down a rare bunt for a hit in the second inning, and he also had a two-run single in the third. He has hit safely in all 15 May contests he has played, batting .426 (23-for-54) with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
Blake, the American League batting leader with a .366 average, went 1-for-4 Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He's hit safely in all 13 games Cleveland has played in May, hitting .426 (20-for-47) with five home runs, nine runs and nine RBIs during the streak. Blake, whose one hit Tuesday was a home run, has four dingers in his last five games.
The Cleveland Indians activated Betancourt from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The 31-year-old reliever has been sidelined since April 20 with a right upper back strain. In eight appearances this season, Betancourt is 0-0 with a 6.43 ERA over seven innings. To make room for him, the Indians optioned Jeremy Guthrie to Triple-A Buffalo.
The Cleveland Indians activated reliever Rafael Betancourt from the disabled list Tuesday and optioned Guthrie to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for him. Guthrie appeared in six games with the Indians, going 0-0 with a 4.63 ERA over 11 2/3 innings.
Martinez's streak of reaching base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch stalled Sunday in Seattle. The Cleveland catcher went 0-for-4 without a free pass in a 2-0 win over the Mariners, ending his streak at 45 games. During his 45-game run, which dates to Sept. 17, Martinez batted .382 (66-for-173) with 35 runs scored, 19 doubles, six homers, 28 RBIs, 23 walks and a .452 on-base percentage.
Martinez has reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 43 straight games. His streak dates to Sept. 17, and the Cleveland catcher is a .388 hitter in that stretch (64-for-165) with 19 doubles, six home runs, 28 RBIs and a 612 slugging mark.
Sabathia was activated from the disabled list early Tuesday, in time to work five innings and get his first "W" in Cleveland's 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Indians' left-hander, who suffered a strained oblique muscle on opening day, allowed one run over five frames to stop Chicago's four-game winning streak. The White Sox had won eight straight at Jacobs Field before Tuesday.
Martinez had two singles in four trips in Cleveland's 7-1 win over Chicago Tuesday. The Indians' catcher has now reached base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 42 straight games. That's the best mark in the majors and Vernon Wells' 25-game run is the second longest.
Sabathia threw 75 pitches in a rehabilitation start at Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. The Cleveland left-hander, rehabbing an abdominal muscle he strained on opening day, allowed six hits and one earned run in five innings. He walked one and struck out five.
After striking out two batters and pitching a perfect inning in his major league debut on Thursday, Perez was optioned to Double-A Akron on Saturday. The 23-year-old left-hander should make it back to the majors again this season.
Guthrie was recalled from the minors Saturday to join the Indians bullpen, which is missing three relievers due to injury -- Fernando Cabrera, Matt Miller and Rafael Betancourt. Miller is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury.
Sabathia did some light throwing Sunday for the first time since leaving the Indians' opener with a strained abdominal muscle. The Cleveland left-hander, who is on the disabled list, reported no pain but does not have a timetable for his return. The injury is similar to the one he suffered in spring training a year ago, forcing him to miss six weeks of the 2005 season.
Boone went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in Cleveland's 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The Cleveland third baseman hit a solo shot off White Sox reliever Neil Cotts in the seventh inning. He also contributed to three-run rallies in the fourth and fifth frames with run-scoring hits.
Sabathia is expected to miss three to five weeks with a strained right oblique muscle. The Cleveland left-hander left Monday's opener in the third inning, and he has landed on the 15-day disabled list. The injury is similar to the one he suffered in spring training a year ago, forcing him to miss six weeks of the 2005 season. "It's not as bad as it was last year," Sabathia said before Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Sabathia, the 25-year-old ace of the Cleveland staff, left Monday's season opener with a strained right abdominal muscle in the third inning. The left-hander was injured on his follow-through of a pitch to Chicago's Tadahito Iguchi in the White Sox's 10-4 victory. He will be examined Monday in Chicago.
Sizemore and the Cleveland Indians came to terms on a six-year, $23.45 million contract Wednesday. The contract provides the largest sum of guaranteed money ever for a player with less than two years of major league service. The agreement includes an $8.5 million club option for 2012 with a $500,000 buyout. If the option is exercised, the deal would total $31.45 million over seven seasons.
Martinez suffered a sprained ankle Wednesday when a baserunner stepped on his right foot during a minor-league game. The injury doesn't appear to be serious. The Cleveland catcher, who was playing first base when he was hurt, has been able to take batting practice.
Marte, one of the top hitting prospects in the high minors the last two seasons, has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians. Marte was traded from Atlanta to Boston to Cleveland this offseason in deals involving Edgar Renteria and Coco Crisp, but he won't start the season in Cleveland with third baseman Aaron Boone batting .452 in 12 spring games.
Peralta and the Cleveland Indians came to terms on a five-year, $13 million contract Friday. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout 2005 season in which the 23-year-old shortstop batted .292 with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs. He also scored 82 runs in 141 games and set the franchise record for homers by a shortstop.
Peralta agreed to a one-year contract Thursday with the Cleveland Indians. The 23-year-old shortstop hit .292 with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 141 games last season, his first full season in the league.
After raising concerns about Mota's health, Cleveland and Boston finally reached a trade agreement that sends the former Red Sox's right-hander to the Indians and shuffles seven other players around the league. The 32-year-old Mota joined the Red Sox in November in a trade with Florida that involved Josh Beckett. He went 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA and two saves in 56 games for the Marlins last season, but missed more than a month with a sore elbow.
Michaels agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Phillies on Monday. Expected to be the team's fourth outfielder, Michaels batted .304 with four homers and 31 RBIs last season. He scored a career-high 54 runs.
Diaz and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a minor league contract on Friday. The 33-year-old catcher will compete with Josh Bard for the backup position to starter Victor Martinez. Diaz would get a $625,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.
Graves signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Monday. The 32-year-old reliever went 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in 40 games for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets last season. Opposing batters hit a whopping .347 off him and he allowed nine home runs in just 38 2/3 innings.
Marte was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for shortstop Edgar Renteria. The 22-year-old third baseman hit .140 with four RBI in 24 games making his MLB debut in 2005.
Bryd agreed to a two-year, $14.25 million contract Monday with the Cleveland Indians. The right-handed pitcher, who the Indians originally drafted in 1991, is set to make $7 million in 2006 and 2007, and faces a club option in 2008 that could raise the value to $22 million over three seasons. The 35-year-old Byrd was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season.
On Thursday, the New York Mets declined their $5 million option on Graves. The move didn't come as a surprise, as the veteran reliever struggled to a 1-1 finish with a 6.52 ERA over 38.2 innings for the Reds and Mets. Cincinnati released the former closer at the end of May, after he posted a 7.36 ERA and .357 opponent batting average in 20 appearances. Somehow he managed to save 10 games in 12 chances before his release.
Acquired from Boston in early July, Vazquez re-signed with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $700,000 deal for 2006. He batted .212 in 85 at-bats between both clubs. With Triple-A Buffalo, he hit .214 in 84 at-bats.
Lee underwent successful hernia surgery on Wednesday. The arthroscopic procedure repaired a right-sided incisional hernia. This was the second surgery in three years to repair a hernia for Lee, who finished 18-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts in 2005. The lefthander is expected to be completely recovered when spring training opens in mid-February.
Lee allowed just six hits and a single run over eight innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, but he came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision that gave the Cleveland lefthander his first loss since July 8. Lee had won nine straight decisions before losing to the Rays. He's now 18-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts this season.
Choo is likely to get a look in center field over the final week of action, after Jeremy Reed aggravated a wrist injury that seems certain to end his season. Choo went hitless on Saturday and Sunday while playing for Reed, and he's 0-for-12 with two walks and three strikeouts since he was recalled on September 17. The Mariners' outfield prospect is 1-for-15 (.067) with an RBI in seven games for Seattle in 2005.
Hafner hit a home run in his sixth straight game Friday. That is one off the Indians' franchise record held by Jim Thome, and two off tying the major league record for consecutive games with at least one homer.
Hafner homered for the fourth straight day on Wednesday, drilling a pair of longballs in an 8-0 Cleveland win over the Chicago White Sox. Hafner stroked two-run and three-run bombs, giving him four homers, 10 RBI and a .583 average (7-for-12) in the three-game series with the American League Central-leading White Sox. In his last four games, he has three doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI.
Mota, who hasn't pitched since September 15 because a tired arm and shoulder, has told Florida manager Jack McKeon that he is healthy and ready to pitch. The 32-year-old righthander, who wasn't used in Florida's extra-inning loss to the Mets on Tuesday, is 2-2 with two saves and 4.82 ERA in 55 appearances this season.
On Sunday, Lee pushed his second-half record to 7-0 in 11 starts after limiting the Minnesota Twins to two runs over six innings for a 12-4 Cleveland victory. The 27-year-old lefthander improved to 16-4 (3.69 ERA) for the season.
Shoppach, the Red Sox' most advanced catching prospect, was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. The 25-year-old backstop finished the minor league season with a .253 average, 26 homers and 75 RBI for Pawtucket in 102 games. Earlier in the season with Boston, Shoppach was 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in six contests.
Brown was recalled by Cleveland from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. The pitcher had been recalled then sent back down in late August without making any appearances for the major league club.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Guthrie from Triple-A Buffaco on Friday. The 26-year-old righthander, whose prospect status has slipped during his three years as a pro, was 12-10 with a 5.08 ERA in 25 starts for Buffalo this season. He also has appeared in one game as a reliever for Cleveland, allowing four runs over six innings.
Dubois, the power prospect acquired from the Chicago Cubs for Jody Gerut in July, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians on Friday. The 26-year-old outfielder has hit .235 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 66 games for Cleveland and Chicago this summer.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Garko, a top hitting prospect at Triple-A Buffalo, on Friday. The righthanded hitter posted hitting percentages of .303/.384/.498 with 19 homers and 77 RBI in 127 games for Buffalo.
As part of their roster expansion, the Atlanta Braves have recalled Marte from Triple-A Richmond. The rookie third baseman has appeared in 16 games with the Braves this season, going 7-for-44 with two doubles, three RBI and eight strikeouts.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Gutierrez from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. The outfield prospect has batted .260 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 114 games between Double-A Akron and Buffalo this season. To make room for Gutierrez, who will be making his major league debut, the Indians optioned lefthander Brian Tallet to Buffalo.
Graves has been designated for assignment by the New York Mets, opening a spot on the roster for veteran starting pitcher Steve Trachsel, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. Graves began the season with the Cincinnati Reds, but was released before eventually inking with the Mets. Overall this year, he is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA and 10 saves in 37 relief appearances.
Westbrook won for the sixth time in his last seven starts as the Indians topped the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-4, Tuesday night. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Indians, who now trail the Chicago White Sox by seven games in the AL Central, and are in a virtual tie with the New York Yankees for the wild card spot.
Martinez homered for the second straight game in the Indian's 11-4 win over the Devil Rays Monday.
Called up just three days ago, Brown was sent back to Triple-A Buffalo without having made a major league appearance.
Hafner went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Indians topped the Orioles 5-1 Sunday. He has hit in 15 of 16 games since coming off the disabled list August 4, batting .355, but with only one home run in 62 at bats.
Dubois was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. The outfielder was hitting .22 with two home runs in 14 games with the Cleveland Indians this season.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Andrew Brown from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. Working out of the bullpen, Brown has gone 4-2 with a 3.57 ERA for Buffalo, but is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA since June 23. To make room on the roster, the Indians optioned outfielder Jason Dubois to Buffalo.
Boone is expected to be in the lineup for the Indians' game against the Balitimore Orioles tonight.
Peralta had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Indians downed the Texas Rangers, 9-4, Thursday afternoon.
Prior to batting practice, Boone was in the Cleveland Indians' starting lineup for their Tuesday night game against Texas, but the third baseman didn't make the start because of a neck strain. He is day-to-day and may miss a game or two. He is batting .234 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI this season.
The Cleveland Indians claimed Young off waivers from the Colorado Rockies Wednesday. The 25-year-old righthander is 0-3 with a 9.71 ERA in 29.2 big league innings with the Rockies.
Peralta continued his hot hitting this summer with two more homers. The Indians' shortstop went 2-for-4 with home runs in the first and eighth innings against Texas.
Byrd, who experienced back spasms over the weekend during the Seattle series, will not make his scheduled start against Toronto on Tuesday. As a precaution, intended to give Byrd a couple more days of rest, rookie Joe Saunders will take Byrd's turn Tuesday. Byrd is 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 23 starts this season.
Just one day after being called up for six innings of relief work Saturday, Guthrie was shipped back to Triple-A Buffalo. Outfielder Jason Dubois was recalled from Buffalo to take his spot on the active roster.
Dubois was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo today, replacing reliever Jeremy Guthrie on the Indians' active roster.
Guthrie was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The pitcher takes the roster spot of Arthur Rhodes, who was placed on the disabled list with swelling in his right knee. Guthrie was 10-9 with a 5.20 ERA as a starting pitcher at Buffalo.
Martinez takes a seven-game hitting streak (.448, 13-for-29) into Cleveland's Wednesday night showdown with Kansas City. After batting .210 and slugging .331 through the first two months of the season, the Indians' catcher has failed to hit safely in only three of his last 24 games. Over that 24-game span, Martinez is a .412 hitter with seven doubles, five homers, 21 RBI and a .671 slugging mark.
Peralta had at least two hits for a fourth straight day in Cleveland's 13-7 come-from-behind win over Kansas City on Tuesday. In fact, after going 2-for-6 with a three-run bomb that capped the Indians' 11-run, ninth-inning explosion, the young shortstop has multiple hits in seven of his last 11 contests. In that 11-game span, Peralta is 18-for-47 (.383) with seven doubles, two homers and 12 RBI.
Cabrera, who spent most of July with Cleveland, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Indians when reliever Arthur Rhodes went on a bereavement leave. The 23-year-old righthander posted a 1.93 ERA and fanned nine batters in 9.1 innings during his first stint with Cleveland.
Hafner was back with Cleveland Thursday, activated from the disabled list before the Indians' game against the Yankees. Returning from a concussion, the Indians' designated hitter went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Cleveland's 4-3 loss to New York.
To make room for Travis Hafner's return from the disabled list Thursday, the Cleveland Indians optioned Dubois to Triple-A Buffalo. The rookie outfielder, acquired from the Chicago Cubs for Jody Gerut in mid-July, was 8-for-33 (.242) with two homers in 10 games for the Indians.
Hafner played again at Double-A Akron on Wednesday, and his game appearance went much better than Monday, when the Indians' designated hitter had to leave after one at-bat because of his post-concussion symptoms. The Indians were encouraged enough by his Wednesday performance that Hafner could be activated from the disabled list before the Indians host the the Yankees Thursday night in the finale of their three-game series.
After seeing improvement in Boone's play since June, the Cleveland Indians restructured the third baseman's contract for 2006 and exercised their option on it Wednesday. The new deal also includes a mutual option for 2007.
The Cleveland Indians had a roster spot open, which was intended for Travis Hafner, but they have recalled Vazquez instead because Hafner continues to struggle with concussion symptoms. Vazquez, acquired from Boston in early July in a trade for Alex Cora, batted .197 in 61 at-bats for Boston. Since the trade, Vazquez has hit .214 (18-for-84) with 13 runs scored in 21 games for Triple-A Buffalo.
Cleveland was hoping to add Hafner to the 25-man roster on Tuesday, in time for a three-game series against the New York Yankees. But the Indians' designated hitter left a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron after one at-bat Monday night because of lingering effects from the concussion he suffered on July 16. An Indians official said Hafner wasn't likely to return against the Yankees.
A little more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2004, Stanford came off the disabled list Monday and was optioned to Double-A Akron. The 28-year-old lefthander made three rehab appearances at lower levels before being activated.
The Indians purchased the contract of Liefer from Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, and he was in the Indians' starting lineup as the DH in yesterday's game against the Athletics. He doubled in what turned out to be the winning run in his first at bat.
Westbrook tossed seven innings of two-hit shutout ball against the Oakland A's, en route to a 2-0 victory Tuesday night. The Indians' righthander has not allowed an earned run in his last two starts, spanning 14 innings.
Despite pitching fairly well out of the bullpen, Cabrera has been optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians. The 23-year-old righthander made five relief appearances during his short stint with the major league club this month, posting a 1.93 ERA. He struck out nine and walked six in 9.1 innings of work.
The Indians have acted in time by placing first baseman Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Had they not placed him on the DL on Tuesday, the team would not have been able to make the move retroactive to July 17 like they did. Hafner has been experiencing dizzy spells since being hit in the face by White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle. The Indians have purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Liefer to take Hafner's roster spot.
Peralta homered for the third time in the last five games, a span over which he has hit .467 (7-for-15) with seven RBI. For the month of July, he is hitting .360-6-15 in 22 games, with a .422 on-base percentage and .667 slugging.
Hafner hasn't appeared in a game since suffering a concussion on July 16, and the Cleveland Indians have until Tuesday to put him on the disabled list if they want the move to be retroactive to July 17. After Tuesday, the Indians lose the ability to make a retroactive move, and Hafner would have to sit out a full 15 days if he goes on the DL. He already has missed eight games.
Hafner missed his fourth straight game Wednesday because of lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered on Saturday. Cleveland's designated hitter has a mild concussion, but dizziness still can last a week or two, so the Indians are thinking about putting their best hitter on the disabled list. That gets more likely each day that Hafner is out of the lineup.
Hafner was still showing mild concussion symptoms Tuesday when he engaged in baseball activity, so Cleveland's designated hitter was held out of the lineup for a third consecutive game that evening. He has been out since he was hit in the face with a pitch on Saturday.
Hafner didn't play on Monday against Kansas City. While the Indians' designated hitter felt good when he arose Monday morning, he experienced dizziness when he began exercising before Monday's contest in Cleveland. Team doctors want him to sit out until the dizziness passes. Hafner, who was hit in the face with a pitch on Saturday, remains day-to-day.
The Chicago Cubs have traded Dubois to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for fellow outfielder Jody Gerut. The 26-year-old slugger began the 2005 campaign in a platoon situation with Todd Hollandsworth in left field for Chicago, but most recently was playing with Triple-A Iowa. He is expected to join the Indians on Tuesday.
Peralta was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Cleveland's rain-shortened 5-2 victory over Kansas City on Monday. The 23-year-old shortstop has been hitting well lately, going 32-for-87 (.368) with eight doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored in his last 23 games. He's now a .299 hitter with a .529 slugging mark in 74 games for the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians activated Betancourt on Monday, following his 10-day suspension for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The 30-year-old reliever is 2-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 29 appearances for Cleveland this season.
Despite getting beaned on Saturday, Hafner could return to the Cleveland lineup as soon as Monday. The Indians' designated hitter has rebounded well from a mild concussion, and most of the discomfort he feels is where the ball struck him near his two front teeth. In 83 contests this season, Hafner is batting .310 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI.
Carmona's initial cup of coffee in the majors lasted a day, as the Cleveland Indians optioned the 21-year-old righthander back to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Carmona arrived on Sunday, but was optioned out on Monday without pitching, in order to make room for Rafael Betancourt, who is returning from a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Hafner is not expected to be in the Indians' lineup when they take the field against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after taking a pitch off his shoulder and cheek the previous day. According to the club, the designated hitter suffered a mild concussion and a cut on the inside of his lip, but no major damage was found. He has been listed as day-to-day.
Luna has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis by the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing injured catcher Yadier Molina on the 25-man roster. The utilityman has appeared in 13 games with the Cards in two different stints this year, going 4-for-20 (.200) with one RBI and two stolen bases.
After making his 2005 season debut in Saturday's loss to the Chicago White Sox, Tadano has been optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians. The righthander, who allowed one run on four hits in four innings of work, will be replaced in the bullpen by 21-year-old Fausto Carmona.
Carmona has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians, filling the roster spot of fellow righthander Kazuhito Tadano, who was optioned to the minor league club on Sunday. In 14 starts with Double-A Akron, the 21-year-old Carmona went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA. He then was promoted to Buffalo, where he posted a 2-0 record with a 2.57 ERA in three starts.
Hafner left Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning after getting hit in the shoulder and mouth by a pitch from Mark Buehrle. This is the first batter that Buehrle has hit all season. Hafner was replaced in the game by pinch-runner Jody Gerut. Both benches were warned after Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook hit Jermaine Dye in the left knee in the top of the second inning.
The Indians placed Miller on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his right forearm. Miller left the game against the White Sox on Friday with the injury after throwing just five pitches. The reliever has been a key member of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 23 appearances. To take his roster spot, the club has recalled Kazuhito Tadano from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Indians placed Miller on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his right forearm. Miller left Cleveland's game against the White Sox on Friday after throwing just five pitches. The reliever has been a key member of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 23 appearances. To take his roster spot, the club has recalled Kazuhito Tadano from Triple-A Buffalo.
Marte was sent down to Triple-A Richmond on Saturday. The infielder was hitting just .159 in 16 games with Atlanta.
The Indians recalled Tadano from Triple-A Buffalo before Saturday's contest against the Chicago White Sox. He will take the roster spot of Matt Miller, who went on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right forearm. Tadano had been with the Indians very briefly earlier this month, but did not appear in a game. He is 3-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 22 games at Buffalo on the year.
Betancourt has been suspended by Major League Baseball for violating it's drug policy. Betancourt tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, and will have to miss 10 days while under suspension.
With his recent problems both offensively and defensively, Dubois has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs. The outfielder, who was platooning in left field with Todd Hollandsworth, is batting just .239 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 52 games this season. He will be replaced on the roster by Adam Greenberg.
Marte was recalled to the Braves from their Triple-A Richmond affiliate, where he was hitting .283-11-40 in 64 games, with a .379 on-base percentage and .504 slugging.
Just a few days after optioning him to the minors, the Boston Red Sox have traded Vazquez to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for fellow infielder Alex Cora. In 27 games with Boston this season, Vazquez batted just .197 with two doubles and four RBI. He struck out 14 times in 61 at-bats.
After a very slow start this season, Martinez has picked it up. The Cleveland catcher has a 17-game hitting streak in which he is 24-for-67 (.358) with 10 runs scored and 14 RBI. He has pushed his average for the season to .245, and he has nine homers and 35 RBI in 73 games.
For a fifth time in five games on Wednesday, Hafner homered in Cleveland's 7-3 loss to Detroit. The Indians' designated hitter is 10-for-16 (.625) with nine RBI in those five games.
After homering twice in the first game of Cleveland's July 4 doubleheader with Detroit, Hafner homered again in the nightcap, connecting on a 457-foot solo shot in the eighth inning off Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney. Hafner was 6-for-10 with six RBI in the doubleheader.
On Tuesday, Hafner was named the American League Player of the Month for the month of June. The Indians' designated hitter batted .345 with eight home runs and a league leading 29 RBI in 24 games in June. Hafner was second in slugging percentage for the month at .736, while also compiling a .430 on base percentage.
The Cleveland Indians recalled Davis to start the second game of their July 4 doubleheader with Detroit, and the 25-year-old righthander responded with six shutout innings of four-hit ball and the "W" in the Indians' 6-0 blanking of the Tigers. Davis, who started the season in the majors but struggled, now is 4-2 with a 4.69 ERA in 11 games (four starts) for the Tribe.
After an impressive spot start by Davis on Monday, the Cleveland Indians have returned the 25-year-old righthander to Triple-A Buffalo. Davis limited Detroit to four hits and two walks over six scoreless innings and claimed a 6-0 victory. He struck out five.
Tadano, who was recalled on Sunday to replace injured reliever Rafael Betancourt, was returned to Triple-A Buffalo Monday to make room for Jason Davis, the Game 2 starter in Cleveland's July 4 doubleheader with Detroit. The righthanded Tadano didn't make an appearance with Cleveland, and has yet to appear in a major league game this season. He is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA as a swingman this season for Buffalo.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians optioned Jason Davis to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled Cabrera from the same affiliate. Cabrera, a 23-year-old righthander, was 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and three saves in 27 relief appearances for the Bisons.
The Cleveland Indians placed Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sore right shoulder. The righthanded reliever is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, as he has been instructed to not throw for seven days. His stint on the DL is retroactive to June 30.
Blake continues to be bothered by neck pain, and the Cleveland outfielder hasn't played a full game since Thursday. He started on Saturday, but left during the second inning. He didn't make an appearance on Sunday or in the first game of Cleveland's doubleheader with Detroit on Monday. Blake is considered day-to-day.
Michaels spent about nine hours in jail after being arrested early Sunday for allegedly punching a uniformed police officer, wrestling him to the ground and ripping his shirt outside a Philadelphia nightclub. The Phillies' outfielder has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He's scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
The Red Sox optioned Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Coming off the bench, the 28-year-old infielder was 12-for-61 (.197) with two doubles and six runs scored in 27 games.
After drilling two home runs and collecting five RBI in Cleveland's 9-3 win over Detroit in the first of two games on Monday, Hafner has hit safely in 10 of 11 games. In that 11-game span, dating back to June 24, Hafner is 21-for-44 (.477) with five doubles, six homers and 21 RBI.
Davis, who started the season with Cleveland but struggled, will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start the second game of the Indians' doubleheader with Detroit Monday. The 25-year-old righthander was 3-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 games (three starts) for Cleveland. At Buffalo, Davis was a far more respectable 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians placed Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder and recalled Tadano to take Betancourt's spot in the Tribe bullpen. Tadano is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA as a swingman this season at Buffalo.
Blake, who missed Friday's game with a stiff neck, started Saturday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles, but was forced to leave in the second inning with the same ailment. He was replaced by Aaron Boone.
Casey Blake was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Friday night due to a minor neck strain. Blake was replaced on the lineup card by Jody Gerut. Consider Blake day-to-day.
Hafner hit a grand slam off Boston closer Keith Foulke in a five-run ninth inning, doubled twice and drove in six runs to lead the Indians to a 12-8 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night. Cleveland overcame an 8-5 deficit with two runs in the eighth and five more in the final frame.
Sizemore has been held hitless just twice in his last 22 games. In that 22-game span, the Cleveland center fielder is batting .411 (39-for-95) with 11 doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and 25 runs scored. His red-hot run has pushed his average to .310 for the season. With 17 doubles, six triples and eight round-trippers, he's slugging .502 in 72 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled Luna from Triple-A Memphis Saturday. The utility infielder posted hitting percentages of .229/.296/.343 in 210 at-bats for Memphis. He got the call when the Cardinals designated Roger Cedeno for assignment. During a nearly month-long stay with the Cards in April, Luna was 3-for-11 (.273) with two doubles and two runs scored.
The Braves have optioned Marte to Triple-A Richmond on Saturday and recalled righthanded pitcher Roman Colon to give the Braves a 13-man pitching staff. Marte was originally added to the roster when star third baseman Chipper Jones went on the disabled list, but after hitting only .200 playing behind Wilson Betemit, the team decided to let Marte get more development time in Richmond.
After going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles against Boston on Wednesday, Sizemore has a 12-game hitting streak. The Cleveland center fielder is 20-for-50 (.400) during his 12-game run, with seven doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored.
Boone is battling strep throat and was a late scratch from the Cleveland Indians' lineup on Tuesday as a result. The third baseman, who is batting just .200 with seven home runs, 24 RBI and four stolen bases in 59 games this season, has been listed as day-to-day. Casey Blake shifted from his regular spot in right field and got his second start of the season at the hot corner in Boone's stead.
The Detroit Tigers have recalled Douglass from Triple-A Toledo and plan to send him to the mound against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The righthander has been solid for the minor league club this season, going 9-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 starts. He has 76 strikeouts and 27 walks in 81.2 innings of work. Matt Ginter has been sent down to open a roster spot.
The Detroit Tigers have recalled Douglass from Triple-A Toledo and plan to send him to the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. The righthander has been solid for the minor league club this season, going 9-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 starts. He has 76 strikeouts and 27 walks in 81.2 innings of work. Matt Ginter has been sent down to open a roster spot.
Sizemore has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. In that 15-game run, the Indians' center fielder is 29-for-65 (.446) with 11 extra-base hits, 11 RBI and 18 runs scored. The 22-year-old prospect has pushed his average to .308 on the season. He has 13 doubles, six triples and six longballs in 65 games.
Originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, Byrd has seen his next start pushed back one day because of tightness in his triceps. The Angels' righthander is now scheduled to start Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. Ervin Santana will move up one day to make the Sunday start against the Florida Marlins.
To make room for Kevin Millwood's return from the disabled list, the Cleveland Indians optioned Davis to Triple-A Buffalo after Wednesday night's win over Colorado. Davis was 3-2 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 games (three starts) with Cleveland this season.
Shoppach, recalled to fill in for backup catcher Doug Mirabelli for the last two-plus weeks, was returned to Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, when Mirabelli came off the DL. Shoppach, a highly regarded catching prospect, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in six games for Boston. Shoppach was hit by a pitch, so he managed to get on base once during his first stint in the major leagues.
After nearly a week's worth of contract negotiations, relief pitcher Danny Graves officially signed with the Mets on Saturday. The righthanded reliever will be paid the prorated portion of the $330,000 league minimum by New York, and there is a team option for next year with a buyout clause. Graves will pitch the middle innings, as the Mets will still give save opportunities to current closer Braden Looper.
After nearly a week's worth of contract negotiations, relief pitcher Danny Graves officially signed with the Mets on Saturday. The righthanded reliever will be paid the prorated portion of the $330,000 league minimum by New York, and there is a team option for next year with a buyout clause. Graves will pitch the middle innings, as the Mets will continue to give the bulk of the save opportunities to current closer Braden Looper.
Sizemore hasn't sat much since the return of Coco Crisp gave the Cleveland Indians four starting outfielders. The 22-year-old outfielder has been too hot for that, going 12-for-19 (.632) with two doubles, two triples and a homer in his last four games. He takes a five-game hitting streak into Thursday's showdown in San Diego.
With Cleveland playing interleague series in San Diego and San Francisco this week, the DH slot is not an option. That means Hafner and Ben Broussard will be sharing first base for both series. Both may play less than they usually do.
The Atlanta Braves have recalled Marte from Triple-A Richmond, filling the roster spot of fellow third baseman Chipper Jones, who will be sidelined indefinitely with a right foot injury. Marte was batting .276 with nine home runs and 35 RBI for the minor league club this season.
Shoppach, who was recalled a little more than a week ago after backup catcher Doug Mirabelli sprained his left wrist, will be around for a while longer. Mirabelli found out that he will have to wear his removable splint at least through Friday.
Davis started Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, just hours after the Indians recalled the pitcher from Triple-A Buffalo. Before being sent down on May 20, Davis appeared in eight games for the Indians this season, going 2-1 with a 5.56 ERA. In order to make room on the roster, Cleveland optioned Brian Tallet to the Triple-A club.
As anticipated, Graves has cleared waivers and been unconditionally released by the Cincinnati Reds, making him a free agent. After surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in a loss to Cleveland on May 22, the reliever yelled at a heckling fan and made an obsence gesture with his hand -- moves that prompted the Reds to designate him for assignment. Graves leaves the team as the franchise's all-time saves leader.
With Jody Gerut on the major league roster and Coco Crisp back from the disabled list, there's a logjam in the Cleveland outfield. Perhaps Blake will lose some playing time in the four-man mix of Gerut, Crisp, Sizemore and Blake. The converted third baseman hasn't done well at the plate for most of the season, and he's batting .199 with six homers and 16 RBI in 48 games.
With Jody Gerut on the major league roster and Coco Crisp back from the disabled list, there's a logjam in the Cleveland outfield. Perhaps Sizemore will lose some playing time in the four-man mix of Gerut, Crisp, Sizemore and Blake. Sizemore is batting .258 with four homers and 21 RBI in 50 games this season.
The Cincinnati Reds have asked for unconditional release waivers on Graves, meaning if no other team claims him on waivers over the next 48 hours, he will become a free agent. The righthander was designated for assignment after surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in a loss to Cleveland on May 22. He is the club's all-time saves leader.
The Cleveland Indians hope Martinez' performance in Sunday's meeting with the Oakland A's is a sign of things to come. The catcher went 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run -- his best game in three weeks. Going into Sunday's contest, Martinez had just five hits in his last 47 at-bats (.106).
Mota will be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Florida Marlins in time for Friday night's matchup with the New York Mets. The righthander, who has been sidelined for more than three weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow, is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves in 10 relief appearances this season. 20-year-old Yorman Bazardo was optioned to the minor leagues to make room on the roster.
Graves was rocked by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning of Sunday's meeting, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk. The closer, who notched just one out before departing to a chorus of boos, is 1-1 with a gaudy 7.36 ERA and 10 saves in 20 relief appearances this season. Over his last three games, Graves has surrendered nine runs in just 2.2 innings of work.
Following Sunday's dismal performance -- and the actions that followed -- Graves has been designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds. The closer surrendered five runs on four hits and a walk in Sunday's loss, and notched just one out before departing to a chorus of boos. Shortly thereafter, Graves yelled at a heckling fan and reportedly made an obsence gesture with his hand. The Reds have 10 days to trade Graves or put him on waivers.
Mota is scheduled to take the mound for Class-A Jupiter the next two days, and if no problems are reported, he could return to the Marlins' bullpen as early as Wednesday. The righthander, who has been sidelined for more than three weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow, is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves in 10 relief appearances this season.
Dubois began the season in a platoon situation with Todd Hollandsworth in left field for the Chicago Cubs. However, because of his solid play, the 26-year-old outfielder has been getting the majority of the starts recently. He went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
After Cleveland was shut out by Minnesota on May 5, Peralta was batting .204 (11-for-54) in 20 games, with just five runs scored and four RBI. In 10 games since then, the Cleveland shortstop has hit safely in nine contests, batting .371 (12-for-35) with five home runs and eight RBI.
According to Marlins manager Jack McKeon, Mota will throw batting practice on Tuesday, as he continues to expand his workouts with the club. The righthander, who has been sidelined for more than three weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow, should be activated from the 15-day disabled list early next week. He is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves in 10 relief appearances this season.
Todd Jones will continue to receive most of the save opportunities until Mota is back in the bullpen. The Marlins have not indicated if Mota will be sent on a minor league rehab assignment prior to being activated.
Mota threw off the mound on two different occasions over the weekend and had no major problems with his troublesome pitching elbow. The Marlins' righthander, who has been sidelined for more than three weeks, is expected to expand his workouts over the next several days. He is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves in 10 relief appearances this season.
The Marlins have not indicated if Mota will be sent on a minor league rehab assignment prior to being activated from the disabled list. Either way, it appears he is still at least a week away from a return. Todd Jones will remain as the Marlins' go-to guy in the closer role until Mota can fully recover.
Indians manager Eric Wedge held Hafner out of the team's starting lineup for the second straight game on Saturday. Hafner struggled against lefthanded pitching all last season, batting a mere .244, and he hasn't seen much action against lefties this season. With the Blue Jays throwing back-to-back lefthanders in Ted Lilly and Gustavo Chacin, Hafner remained on the bench.
Hafner should be back in the lineup on Sunday, as the Blue Jays will have a righthanded starter in Josh Towers.
A scoring change for last night's Cleveland win over Toronto resulted in credit for the victory going to Indians pitcher Jason Davis. Bob Howry was originally credited with the win, but the game's official scorer felt that Davis deserved the win. Baseball's rule 10.19 states that when a starter fails to pitch five full innings, credit for the victory, judged by the official scorer, should go to the relief pitcher who was the most effective.
The win pushed Davis' record to 2-1 on the season, while Howry's mark drops back to 2-1.
Merloni underwent surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced on Thursday. The utilityman is expected to remain in a cast for four weeks before being fitted for a boot and beginning range of motion exercises.
Merloni, who was 0-for-5 with a walk and a run scored before he was injured, will rehab in preparation for the 2006 season.
One of the top prospects in the Cleveland system, Sizemore has picked it up of late with the Indians. In his first 21 games this season, the 22-year-old outfielder batted .232 with two homers and seven RBI. In his last 11 games, dating back to April 30, Sizemore has hit safely in nine contests, batting .350 (14-for-40) with three doubles, two triples, a homer and seven RBI.
On Friday, Mota threw lightly for the first time since going on the disabled list on May 1 with inflammation in his right elbow, and he reported no major problems. The Marlins' closer, who has not appeared in a game since April 23, may be out for another couple of weeks.
Barring any setbacks, Mota should return to throwing off a mound later this week. Todd Jones will remain as the Marlins' go-to guy in the closer role until Mota can fully recover.
A medical exam has revealed that Merloni tore ligaments in his right ankle when he was injured last Sunday in the Angels' win over the Twins. The utility infielder now faces surgery or a long rehabilitation, depending on how he decides to treat his injury. Either way, it appears Merloni is lost for the year.
Choo's major league debut with the Mariners lasted a week, as the outfield prospect was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday to make room on the Seattle roster for pinch-hitter Dave Hansen. In three games with the Mariners, Choo went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Graves blew his first save of the 2005 campaign, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on four hits, including two home runs, in just one-third of an inning in Monday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds' closer had been successful in his previous eight save opportunities this season.
Despite notching eight saves, Graves has been anything but dominant in his 12 appearances this year. He's given up 16 hits and walked eight batters in 10.2 innings. He is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.
Merloni sprained his right ankle in the Angels' win over the Twins on Sunday, and the utility infielder left the game. Reportedly Merloni will go on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, which would make room on the Angels' roster for the return of starting second baseman Adam Kennedy.
Merloni had to depart a rare start. For the season, he is 0-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Mota has been diagnosed with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and the Marlins have placed him on the 15-day disabled list. The closer, who has not appeared in a game since April 23, is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three weeks. During his absence, Todd Jones is slated to see most of the save opportunities for Florida.
No structural damage was found in Mota's elbow, so the Marlins are optimistic that he'll be able to return later this month. In 10 relief appearances this season, Mota is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves.
Mota left the Marlins Friday to fly back to Florida to have his inflamed pitching elbow examined by the team doctor. The reliever, who has thrown only 9.2 innings this year, hasn't appeared in a game in a week.
Luna, who has accumulated just 11 at-bats for St. Louis in April, was optioned to Triple-A Memphis Thursday to make room for an extra hurler in the Cardinals' bullpen. The Cards have recalled righthander Kevin Jarvis from Memphis.
Luna was 3-for-11 with two doubles in just five appearances for St. Louis.
On Wednesday, Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a two-year, $17.75 million contract extention that will keep the All-Star lefthander with the club through 2008. The extension begins with Cleveland picking up the $7 million option on the southpaw's contract for 2006. Then he will make $8.75 million in 2007 and $9 million in 2008.
While the deal only guarantees $17.75 million for 2007 and 2008, Sabathia's salary can increase to $9 million in 2006 if he reaches performance incentives and finishes among the top two in Cy Young voting or in the top five for MVP. He can make a maximum of $11.75 million in 2007 and 2008 with similar bonuses.
After going through 16 games without a save opportunity, Mota has earned saves in each of the last two games, both over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Beckett-Willis-Burnett triumvirate won't finish every game they start, although it seemed that way in the early going. Mota is poised for the breakthrough year fantasy owners were hoping for when they drafted him this spring.
Choo, a top outfield prospect signed out of South Korea, was recalled by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The 22-year-old outfielder displays an interesting combination of pop and speed. At Triple-A Tacoma, he was hitting .304 with one homer and seven RBI.
Scott Spiezio went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with an oblique strain, which opened a spot on the roster for Choo.
After two less-than-impressive starts, Lee woke up on Monday with a fever, nausea and achy muscles. The Cleveland lefthander's flu symptoms didn't stop him from turning in his first quality start of 2005. He allowed just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings to beat the Royals, 5-1, for his first win of the year.
Lee had some bad moments between innings trying to keep it together, and manager Eric Wedge got him off the field just in time. When Lee finally came out, he vomited in the tunnel entering the visitors clubhouse. That's not the way he would like to celebrate, but battling through a rough night and winning may boost Lee's confidence going into his next outing.
Cleveland activated Sabathia from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. The pitcher has been sidelined by an oblique injury suffered on March 6.
Sabathia is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
The Cleveland Indians sent Miller down to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. The 33-year-old righthander appeared in four games, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings for Cleveland in 2005.
Despite Miller's success, the move was necessitated by C.C. Sabathia's return from the disabled list.
According to Indians manager Eric Wedge, Blake should be back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. The outfielder/third baseman has missed the team's last two contests with a minor strain of his left hamstring. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.
With the cold conditions in Cleveland the past couple of nights, the Indians did not want to take a chance with Blake and risk further injury. He is batting .217 with one home run, four RBI and two stolen bases in seven games this season.
Mota is filling the closer role for the Florida Marlins this season, but he has yet to notch a save, and it's not that he's pitching badly. The righthander hasn't been presented with a save opportunity, as the team's starters have been dominating opponents. In four appearances, Mota has allowed three hits over four shutout innings, striking out two and walking one.
Mota will get plenty of chances to post saves as the season goes on, so just be patient. He split the 2004 campaign between the Dodgers and Marlins, going a combined 9-8 with a 3.07 ERA and four saves in 78 relief appearances. He fanned 85 and walked 37 in 96.2 innings of work.
Laker has been designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, in order to make room for Charles Johnson on the active roster. The Rays have 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on him. Laker was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in his only plate appearance with the Rays.
As anticipated, Sabathia has been penciled in to face Minnesota on Sunday. The Indians' lefthander will square off against Joe Mays in his 2005 debut, which has been delayed by an oblique injury suffered in spring training. The 6-foot-7 lefthander suffered the injury in his first spring start on March 6.
Hafner signed a $7 million, three-year contract with the Indians on Wednesday. The DH-first baseman gets $500,000 this season, $2.5 million next year and $3.75 million in 2007. Cleveland has a $4.75 million option for 2008 with a $250,000 buyout, meaning the deal could be worth as much as $11.5 million over four seasons.
Hafner batted .311 with 28 home runs and 109 RBI in 140 games last season.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have purchased Laker's contract from Triple-A Durham. The catcher fills the roster spot of veteran Charles Johnson, who was placed on the restricted list after leaving the team to attend to some personal matters. Laker batted .214 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games with the Cleveland Indians last season.
Laker missed most of spring training after breaking a bone in his left hand in late February. He has since recovered and will serve as starter Toby Hall's backup in Johnson's absence.
Sabathia allowed three runs -- one earned -- on two hits over four innings in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Akron on Thursday. The lefthander, who is recovering from a strained right oblique, will have one more minor league outing, and if all goes well, he is expected to return to the Cleveland Indians' rotation for a start against the Minnesota Twins on April 17.
Jason Davis will fill the void in the starting rotation until Sabathia is able to return. In 30 starts last season, Sabathia went 11-10 with a 4.12 ERA and one complete game shutout.
Sabathia, who has been rehabbing since straining a right oblique muscle in his first spring training outing on March 6, will make at least two minor league starts before joining the Indians' rotation, according to manager Eric Wedge. If all goes as planned, he will be activated in time to start against the Minnesota Twins on April 17.
Jason Davis will fill the void in the starting rotation until Sabathia is able to return. In 30 starts last season, Sabathia went 11-10 with a 4.12 ERA and one complete game shutout.
Martinez has re-signed with the Cleveland Indians, agreeing to a new five-year, $15.5 million contract -- a deal that also includes a team option for the 2010 campaign. Last season, the catcher batted .283 with 23 home runs and 108 RBI in 141 games and was selected to the American League All-Star team.
At just 26, Martinez' best years should be in front of him. The Indians hope he is behind the dish for a long time. Before signing this contract, Martinez was slated to earn about $372,100 this season.
Westbrook went the distance for the Cleveland Indians in Monday's season opener against the Chicago White Sox, notching the seventh complete game of his major league career. The righthander allowed just one run on four hits, but was outdueled by Mark Buehrle, and the Indians' lost the game 1-0. Westbrook finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
Definitely a promising start to the 2005 campaign for the 27-year-old Westbrook. He went 14-9 with a 3.38 ERA and five complete games in 33 appearances last season, including 30 starts.