Czech it out
The Indians have signed amateur catcher Martin Cervenka, a native of the Czech Republic, to a Minor League contract. The 16-year-old from Prague was signed by Peter Gahan, the Tribe’s Australia and Europe scouting supervisor.
Because he’s still a high school kid, the Indians will have Cervenka continue to play for his club team, Kotlarka, during the ’09 season.He will then report to Goodyear for extended Spring Training during his school breaks and spend the ’09 and ’10 summers at the MLB Academy in Australia. This will be the plan until he finishes high school at the age of 19.
And, yes, this is the Tribe’s first signee from the Czech Republic.
Also today, David Dellucci informed reporters that he is about a week behind his teammates because he had to have three stitches placed in his left thumb. He slammed the tailgate of his truck on the thumb on Feb. 1.
Dellucci initially told us the injury occurred when he saved a little boy who had his leg caught in the teeth of an alligator. More on that tall tale on Indians.com in a little bit.