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.

9 Comments

You got to be kidding me.
This makes no sense, we will leave the guy with better performance at Buffalo. OK, so, they probably are thinking they can get Brandon Phillips back for Julio.

What’s next, re-signing of Fultz?

Maybe Wickman has finished his yard work and they can re-sign him. too.

Does Shapiro know that Ben Broussard is available?
Too bad the Cubs just signed Jason Dubois to a minor league deal.
Wonder if we could get Hector Luna back for the 3rd time, hmm

i know their is arrogance in the fan who feels they can make comments on certain situations when knowing little detail as to “why” those decisions are made by the head honchos. so i normally try and keep my mouth closed about alot of “the moves” that are made. but, ive got to agree with the above statement. at first glance, this makes absolutely no sense. mainly the keeping of julio part. why cant we just literally remove the middle man and put somebody like sowers in the pen. a guy that can take the place of 1 or 2 bullpen guys that your really not sure what your gonna get from them when they take the field. ill be the first to say that sowers isnt the poster boy for consistancy, but i do think that he can endure the occasional 2-3 innings if need be and you dont have to worry about him pitching back to back days. im just not one for some duds taking up space in the bullpen for the sake of having some bodies in there. fill the pen with guys you know are solid and reliable.

Anthony — Jay from LetsGoTribe here.

Mujica’s callup is not as strange as it seems at a glance — I’ve actually been expecting it for the past week or so. His season numbers are inflated by one trainwreck game way back on April 6, but since that game, his ERA is just 1.93.

Mujica has allowed just two runs in his last 13 games, a stretch of 17+ innings dating back five weeks — that’s a 1.04 ERA, even better than Bauer. Bauer’s been great, too, of course.

Good info. Thanks, Jay.

Bauer seems like a guy they’d like to make a closer in the future, so I’m not surprised they’d want to keep him in Buffalo so he can keep closing. He wouldn’t get that shot in Cleveland.

I saw the Lewis move coming a mile away. I’m glad to see it, too, as I think Jensen could be great, he just needs to get sorted out.

I’m guessing Julio sticks around until they’re confident Adam Miller is up to speed after his late start.

Good to see Elarton back — he’s never been overpowering, but he’s always seemed like a good guy who gives it everything he’s got. It’s also nice to have someone who could handle long relief if we need it.

Bauer seems like a guy they’d like to make a closer in the future, so I’m not surprised they’d want to keep him in Buffalo so he can keep closing. He wouldn’t get that shot in Cleveland.

I saw the Lewis move coming a mile away. I’m glad to see it, too, as I think Jensen could be great, he just needs to get sorted out.

I’m guessing Julio sticks around until they’re confident Adam Miller is up to speed after his late start.

Good to see Elarton back — he’s never been overpowering, but he’s always seemed like a good guy who gives it everything he’s got. It’s also nice to have someone who could handle long relief if we need it.

Is it just me, or was Lewis throwing harder over the past 3 weeks or so, seemed to me he was hitting at least 91-92 recently? This makes little sense no matter what way you cut it … certainly Lewis has been better then Borowski, Julio and Betancourt right? That’s not even slightly arguable. And though he’s given up some runs lately, he’s throwing harder than he was at the start of the year. And he hasn’t been that bad, really it’s more the lack of offense has magnified the slightest mistakes from any of the relievers. Some ERA numbers since 2004: Borowski: 8.02, 4.47, 3.75, 5.07, 12.00; Julio: 4.57, 5.90, 4.23, 5.23, 5.60; Betancourt: 2.13, 3.92, 2.79, 3.81, 1.48, 5.66. Of these guys, I can understand keeping Betancourt around since he has a proven track record. The other 2 don’t make much sense over Lewis: 2.15, 3.58.

Earlier I wrote that you have to be kidding me with this move.
But, I stand corrected, Shapiro knows what he is doing.
Elarton has made an immediate impact in the bullpen.

Got to hand to the Tribe brass – I thought they would go for Broussard or Luna. But, they have been working real hard, burning up the phone lines, what a find in Linden & Villasomething. I did see he met the BA criteria with .182, though.

Also, I read that Wedgie did not want to bring up Barfield because of his strikeout ratio. Is it too low to make the current roster?

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