Martinez, Barfield to the DL; Haad, Velandia coming up
Bad news on all fronts from the Tribe today. Catcher Victor Martinez (right elbow inflammation) and second baseman Josh Barfield (left middle finger sprain) are both headed to the 15-day disabled list, and the contracts of catcher Yamid Haad and infielder Jorge Velandia were purchased from Triple-A Buffalo.
Obviously, the Indians will have to make two other moves on the 40-man to clear room for Haad and Velandia. Those moves have not been announced.
Also, no word yet on whether Martinez’s injury will require surgery or how long to expect him out. I’d venture to guess this won’t be a short trip to the DL, though.
Eric Wedge revealed Wednesday night, after Martinez left the game with the Twins, that Martinez has been battling the elbow issue — in addition to his left hamstring strain — all season. He had an MRI performed today.
Barfield was just called up three days ago to take over at second base, but he sprained his finger while checking his swing in an at-bat Tuesday night.
If you guessed that, at any point this season, we’d see Haad and Velandia, go get yourself a lotto ticket.
UPDATE (5:40 p.m. ET): Martinez will have arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow tomorrow at the Cleveland Clinic. He won’t be back for at least six to eight weeks. More info will be up on the team site in a little bit.
As for the 40-man moves, the Indians will move Jake Westbrook on the 60-day DL, and Oneli Perez will be designated for assignment.
Also, I had an error in the story that was up on the site earlier. Asdrubal Cabrera is eligible to come back up because of the Barfield injury, but the Indians left him down there to get his bat straightened out.