You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows
It was 83 degrees at first pitch yesterday. It’s 47 degrees as I type this. I recognize that things change in a hurry in the big leagues, but this is a little ridiculous.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- As anticipated, Adam Miller had surgery performed on his right middle finger this afternoon at the Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore. The surgery was expected to replace two malfunctioning pulley ligaments with a tendon from Miller’s wrist. The Indians did not have immediate info on how the surgery went.
- Eric Wedge said David Dellucci should return sometime next week. The reports have been positive on Dellucci’s rehab stint at Triple-A Buffalo. He’s hit in all six games played, including a 3-for-4 effort last night. He’s made one start in the outfield. As for who the Indians will cut loose to make room for Dellucci, I doubt it will be Trevor Crowe. It’s more likely the Indians will use Dellucci’s callup to go back to a 12-man pitching staff.
- Crowe and Grady Sizemore are still getting a feel for each another in the outfield. They nearly collided two days ago, then both backed off a shallow fly yesterday. “We’ve got two fantastic athletes out there,” Wedge said. “It’s a lot different for Grady because Trevor gets to a lot of balls that other people [in the corner spots] haven’t.”
- From the no-panic department, the Indians point out in tonight’s game notes that the 2005 club started out 8-12 and was as many as six games under .500 as late as May 20 (17-23) before going on to win 93 games. Of course, that team was eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season, and everybody pointed to the slow start as the club’s crippler. So I don’t know if this is an encouraging note or not. I’ll leave that up to you.
- Here’s an odd note: The Indians are the only team in the Majors without a triple this season.
- Victor Martinez (seventh, 1.074), Travis Hafner (17th, .958) and Shin-Soo Choo (18th, .957) all rank in the top 20 in the AL in OPS.
- Josh Barfield has been productive since his demotion to Columbus. He hit a two-run double in a 9-6 loss at Toledo yesterday and is batting .361 (13-for-36) with three doubles, nine RBIs, two walks and three strikeouts in nine games, getting six starts at second and four in the outfield. But Barfield’s already made three errors in the field down there.
- Class A Kinston second baseman Cord Phelps has an 11-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .432 (19-for-44) with six doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. In Phelps’ first six games of the year, he went 1-for-17, so he’s raised his average from .059 to .328.