Carmona DL'd, Lewis down, Elarton and Mujica up
Slew of moves today…
Fausto Carmona’s going on the 15-day DL with a left hip strain suffered Friday night. So Aaron Laffey will remain in the rotation a little longer than expected.
The Indians have made a couple moves in their bullpen, optioning Jensen Lewis to Triple-A Buffalo, calling up RHP Ed Mujica and purchasing the contract of veteran RHP Scott Elarton.
Certainly good news for Elarton, who came into Spring Training camp with this club seemingly auditioning for other clubs. I don’t think the Indians seriously considered him an option in their ‘pen until they saw how well he was throwing in camp. He was one of the final cuts. At Buffalo, he was 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 appearances.
As for Lewis, it’s no secret his velocity has been down since Spring Training. He kept insisting it was normal for him to start slow in that regard, and the velocity did begin to pick up by the end of April. But he’s still not where he was in his dominant ’07. He was 0-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 appearances, and he had given up four earned runs over his last four outings.
Mujica? There’s a surprise. He was 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 18 appearances for Buffalo. Rick Bauer, with a 1.18 ERA and 12 saves, has much, much better numbers but is not on the 40-man.
Also interesting that the Indians are making a move with Lewis and not Jorge Julio, who has simply been dreadful lately (six earned runs over his last three innings). Just a week ago, Lewis was considered a closing candidate and he’s been one of Wedge’s go-to options all season, while Julio has been used sparingly, at best. Of course, they’ve got an option on Lewis and not on Julio, so that plays into it.
Anyway, I’ll have more on the site a little later.